Robert E. Lee was a general in the Civil War and part of the Confederacy. He was born on January 19, 1807.
He later became the advisor of Jefferson Davis in 1862.
Before the Civil War, Robert Edward Lee had called slavery "a moral and political evil in any society." However, Lee's family had lived in the South since the 1600s. Lee chose to defend and fight for the South.
After the war raged on for four years, Robert E. Lee and his army were the last Confederates to surrender. They did so at Appomattox Court House, Virginia on April 9, 1865.
Famous speech or quote: "There is nothing left for me to do but go and see General Grant, and I would rather die a thousand deaths."