Gen. Robert E. Lee: January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870

Gen. Robert E. Lee: January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870

Today I celebrate the birthday of Gen. Robert E. Lee, a true Son of the South!


Robert Edward Lee (January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870) was a career military officer who is best known for having commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War.


January 30, 1975, Senate Joint Resolution 23, a joint resolution to restore posthumously full rights of citizenship to General R. E. Lee was introduced into the Senate by Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr. (I-VA). The resolution was to restore the U.S. citizenship to Robert E. Lee effective June 13, 1865. This resolution was the result of a five year campaign to posthumously restore Robert E. Lee’s U.S. citizenship.

On September 28, 1870, Lee suffered a stroke. He died two weeks later, shortly after 9 a.m. on October 12, 1870, in Lexington, Virginia from the effects of pneumonia.

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11 Responses to Gen. Robert E. Lee: January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870

  1. Longstreet says:

    Bless you, Fred.

    Deo Vindici


  2. Katie says:

    General Lee was a fine gentleman. Something one could never say about US Grant.

    • Steve Dennis says:

      Or Sherman as well!

      • BobF says:

        Something I’ve noticed. In not only movies but also documentaries and writings, Southern Generals are mostly referred to as Christian men of high honor and integrity. Northern Generals are mostly referred to as womanizing drunkards of weak character and lacking honor.

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  4. Bluebonnet Sue says:

    Fred, Thanks for posting this about General Lee. I came across these quotes supposedly from him. Perhaps some…if not all…of your viewers will enjoy them.

    “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.”
    The war… was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides.
    “We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our falling into greater disasters.”
    “We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing.”
    “Whiskey - I like it, I always did, and that is the reason I never use it.”

  5. Steve Dennis says:

    It may surprise you as I am from New Hampshire, but General Lee is a military hero of mine. A true gentleman and military genius who deserves credit for being one of the finest battlefield generals in US history.

  6. Patrick Sperry says:

    It might surprise some, but they do teach more than a few things about General Lee in the American military. The Officers Code of Conduct was inspired by his actions and writings. Combined Arms, Fire and Maneuver, and Infantry Tactics are based a lot on his theories. All updated to more modern situations of course. This was told to me by an instructor from the U.S. Army War College.

    God Bless the memory of General Lee!

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