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Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee
South
1807-1870
Virginia
General

Regarded as the war's finest general, Robert E. Lee was a master of the organization of war. The country's most experienced general in 1861, he declined Lincoln's offer to head the Union Army, even though he opposed slavery. As head of the Confederate Army, Lee projected a deep sense of duty and honor, nicknamed the "Marble Model." President of Washington College after the war, he lost his family home, Arlington, now the nation's largest military cemetery.















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