Wednesday, November 24, 2010

60-Second Good-To-Knows: 11/22/2010

This week’s topic: People in History

On Robert E. Lee:

Robert Edward Lee was born on January 19th, 1809 in Westmoreland Country, Virginia. He graduated second in the class from West Point in 1829. He was commissioned in the U.S. Engineer Corps, and then promoted to Colonel during the Mexican War. In 1852, Lee became the Superintendent of the Military Academy and then Lieutenant Colonel 2nd Cavalry in 1855. When his home state Virginia withdrew from the Union, Lee resigned from his commission and refused the command of the army to invade the south. Famous for his letter to his sister, he declared that, "With all my devotion to the Union and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home. I have therefore resigned my commission in the Army, and save in defense of my native State, with the sincere hope that my poor services may never be needed, I hope I may never be called on to draw my sword..."

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