"Robert Edward Lee" was an American soldier best known for commanding the Confederate States of America/Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862 until his surrender in 1865. The son of American Revolution/Revolutionary War officer Henry Lee III/Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee III and a top graduate of the United States Military Academy, Robert E. Lee was an exceptional officer and combat engineer in the United States Army for 32 years. During this time, he served throughout the United States, distinguished himself during the Mexican–American War, served as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, and married Mary Anna Custis Lee/Mary Custis.

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