"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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Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret.

To be a good soldier, you must love the army. To be a good commander, you must be willing to order the death of the thing you love.

Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.

I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South its dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and have never seen the day when I did not pray for them.

I think it better to do right, even if we suffer in so doing, than to incur the reproach of our consciences and posterity.

Duty then is the sublimest word in the English language. You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.

Strike the tent.

I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.

The education of a man is never completed until he dies.

It is well that war is so terrible - otherwise we would grow too fond of it.

We have fought this fight as long, and as well as we know how. We have been defeated. For us as a Christian people, there is now but one course to pursue. We must accept the situation.

You cannot be a true man until you learn to obey.

Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or to keep one.