Robert E. Lee Quick Facts
Robert is of Old German origin, meaning “bright fame”
Birthday: January 19th, 1807
Birth Name: Robert Edward Lee
Birthplace: Westmoreland County, Virginia
Date of Death: October 12th, 1870
Cause: Pneumonia following a stroke
Place of Death: Lexington, Virginia
Height: Accounts vary between 5’10” and 6’0”
Ancestry: English descent
Occupation before Civil War: Career officer in U.S. Army
Occupation during Civil War: General, Confederate States Army; Commanding General of the Army of Northern Virginia.
Occupation after Civil War: President of Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), Lexington, Virginia
The Seven Days Battles, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Appomattox Court House
Father: Henry Lee (1/29/1756-3/25/1818).
Mother: Ann Hill Carter (1773-1829)
Brother: Algernon Sidney Lee (born 1795)
Brother: Charles Carter Lee (born 1798)
Sister: Anne Kinloch Lee (born 1800)
Brother: Sydney Smith Lee (born 1802)
Sister: Catherine Mildred Lee (born 1811)
Also three half brothers and one half sister
from his father’s first marriage.
Married Mary Anna Randolph Custis on 6/30/1831
Son: George Washington Custis Lee (1832-1913)
Daughter: Mary Custis Lee (1835-1918)
Son: William Henry Fitzhugh Lee (1837-1891)
Daughter: Anne Carter Lee (1839-1862)
Daughter: Eleanor Agnes Lee (1841-1873)
Son: Robert Edward Lee. Jr. (1843-1914)
Daughter: Mildred Childe Lee (1846-1905)
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