He was close to his father, who he was named after, and his sister, Mildred Lee.
Eventually the War Department transferred all engineering officers away from Fort Monroe, except Lee, who was ordered to take up residence on the artificial island of Rip Raps across the river from Fort Monroe, where Fort Wool would eventually rise, and continue work to improve the island.
Lee duly moved there, then discharged all workers and informed the War Department he could not maintain laborers without the facilities of the fort.
Mary Lee, who had recently given birth to their second child, remained bedridden for several months. In OctoberLee was promoted to first lieutenant. As a first lieutenant of engineers inhe supervised the engineering work for St.
Louis harbor and for the upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers. His work there earned him a promotion to captain. AroundCaptain Robert E. Lee, around age 38, and his son William Henry Fitzhugh Leearound age 8, c.
Artillery served as honor guard at the marriage. They eventually had seven children, three boys and four girls: Rob ; —; served as captain in the Confederate Army Rockbridge Artillery ; married twice; surviving children by second marriage Mildred Childe Lee Milly, "Precious Life" ; —; unmarried All the children survived him except for Annie, who died in Lee around age 43, when he was a brevet lieutenant-colonel of engineers, c.
He was instrumental in several American victories through his personal reconnaissance as a staff officer; he found routes of attack that the Mexicans had not defended because they thought the terrain was impassable. He was promoted to brevet major after the Battle of Cerro Gordo on April 18, By the end of the war, he had received additional brevet promotions to lieutenant colonel and colonel, but his permanent rank was still captain of engineers, and he would remain a captain until his transfer to the cavalry in For the first time, Robert E.
Lee and Ulysses S. Grant met and worked with each other during the Mexican—American War. Close observations of their commanders constituted a learning process for both Lee and Grant. During this time, his service was interrupted by other duties, among them surveying and updating maps in Florida.
Insearching for a leader for his filibuster expedition, he approached Jefferson Davis, then a United States senator. Davis declined and suggested Lee, who also declined.
Both decided it was inconsistent with their duties. West Point and Texas The s were a difficult time for Lee, with his long absences from home, the increasing disability of his wife, troubles in taking over the management of a large slave plantation, and his often morbid concern with his personal failures.
His wife occasionally came to visit. Lee improved the buildings and courses and spent much time with the cadets. Custis Lee graduated infirst in his class. It meant leaving the Engineering Corps and its sequence of staff jobs for the combat command he truly wanted. On June 24,the anti-slavery newspaper New York Daily Tribune published two anonymous letters dated June 19,  and June 21, each claiming to have heard that Lee had the Norrises whipped, and each going so far as to claim that the overseer refused to whip the woman but that Lee took the whip and flogged her personally.
Lee privately wrote to his son Custis that "The N. He has left me an unpleasant legacy. Norris stated that after they had been captured, and forced to return to Arlington, Lee told them that "he would teach us a lesson we would not soon forget.
Norris claimed that Lee encouraged the whipping, and that when the overseer refused to do it, called in the county constable to do it instead. Unlike the anonymous letter writers, he does not state that Lee himself whipped any of the slaves.
Lee then ordered the overseer to thoroughly wash our backs with brinewhich was done.
According to the interview, Norris was sent to Richmond in January "from which place I finally made my escape through the rebel lines to freedom.
They broadly agree that Lee had a group of escaped slaves recaptured, and that after recapturing them he hired them out off of the Arlington plantation as a punishment; but they disagree over the likelihood that Lee flogged them, and over the charge that he personally whipped Mary Norris.Because of Robert E.
Lee’s military accomplishments in the Civil War, he became one of America’s most outstanding generals. Robert E. Lee was born in Stratford, Virginia, in His mother, Anne Carter Lee, stayed at home to clean and feed her family while his father, Henry Lee III, was a politician.
Robert E. Lee, in full Robert Edward Lee, (born January 19, , Stratford, Westmoreland county, Virginia, U.S.—died October 12, , Lexington, Virginia), Confederate general, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, the most successful of the Southern armies during the .
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Lee Robert E . Oct 29, · Watch video · Robert E. Lee () served as a military officer in the U.S. Army, a West Point commandant and the legendary general of the .