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engineer. Lee married Mary Custis, who was George and Martha Washington’s granddaughter. In 1845, when the Mexican War began, Lee was appointed to General Winfield Scott’s staff. Lee learned many skills and got to know many people he would later side with and fight against on the battlefield. He worked with men such as James Longstreet, Thomas J. Jackson, George Pickett, and Ulysses S. Grant. Lee became one of the best officers in the United States. Though it was offered to him, Lee refused command of the Union Army. He was openly against secession, but his homeland of Virginia seceeded. Thus, Lee resigned from the Union Army and he was made a general in the Confederate Army. After the War, Lee became President of Washington College. The college later changed its named to

Washington and Lee. He moved into the Custis Mansion near Washington, D.C. The mansion now overlooks Arlington National Cemetery. Robert Edward Lee died in 1870. John Williams Jones wrote of Lee, “He possessed every virtue of the great commanders, without their vices. He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbor without reproach; a Christian without hypocrisy; and a man wihtout guilt. He was a Caesar without his ambition; a Frederick without his tyranny; a Napoleon without his selfishness; and a Washington without his reward. He was obedient to authority as a servant, and loyal in authority as a true king. He was gentle as a woman in life; modest and pure as a virgin in thought; watchful as a Roman vestal in duty; submissive

to law as Socrates; and grand in battle as Achilles.” Though it has been long gone, the Confederate States of America has not been forgotten by any American. It left such an impact on American history that it will be long remembered. In his last address to the people, Jefferson Davis said it best, “It would be unwise, even were it possible, to conceal the great moral as well as material injury to our cause that must result from the occupation of Richmond by the enemy. It is equally unwise and unworthy of us, as patriots engaged in a most sacred cause, to allow our energies to falter, our spirits to grow faint, or our efforts to become relaxed under reverses, however calamitous. While it has been a source of national pride that for four years of unequaled warfare we have been

able, in close proximity to the center of the enemy’s power, to maintain the seat of our chosen government free from the pollution of his presence; while the memories of the heroic dead who have freely given their lives to its defense must ever remain enshrined in our hearts; while the preservation of the capital, which is usually regarded as the evidence to mankind of a separate existence, was an abject very dear to us, it is also true, and should not be forgotten, that the loss which we have suffered is not without compensation.” P.S.: I wrote this in 1999. Unfortunately, I have lost my bibliography notes since then. I express my deepest apologies to the author’s of my sources. I assure you that if I do manage to locate my sources, I will give them credit where credit is

due. I hope you understand. 34a