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1: The Montgomery Standard April 26, 1865

2: Robert E. Lee Robert Edward Lee was born on January 19th, 1807, in Westmoreland County, Virgina. He is the son of Colonel Henry Lee and Ann Hill Carter. His father died when he was young and he was left to grow up with his mother, who was ailing. He wasn't well-to-do and he eventually went to the United States Military Academy because he couldn't afford a college education. In 1831, he got married to Mary Ann Randolph Custis. They had seven kids together. All three of their sons served in the Confederate army. George Washington Custis and William Henry Fitzhugh were Major Generals and Robert E. Lee, Jr., was a Captain. He was promoted to Colonel in the Mexican War due to his heroic bravery. In 1852, he became Superintendent of the Military Academy. In 1855, Secretary of War Jefferson Davis transferred Lee from staff to line and he was then Lieutenant Colonel 2nd Cavalry. When Virginia withdrew from the Union, Lee resigned his commission. His resignation was two days following the offer of Chief of Command of U.S. forces under Scott. He then went to Richmond to become Commander-in-Chief of the military and naval forces of Virginia. Robert Lee, is, really, one of the only reasons the South is doing so well in the Civil War. The protection of Richmond is imperative, and with the plethora of disadvantages stacked against us, he still manages to successfully defend Virginia. He is an extremely honorable man, an expert in traditional warfare, and even the North respects his way of carrying himself.

5: This cartoon represents the fact that freedom is too great a responsibility for African-Americans.

6: The Battle of Saylor's Creek On April 6th, at Saylor’s Creek, nearly twenty-five percent of the retreating Confederate army was cut off by Sheridan’s Cavalry. After our defeat at five forks, Robert E. Lee had to split the army. The army began retreating west to re-supply at Amelia Court House and south into North Carolina to join with General Joseph Johnston. After arriving in Amelia, Lee discovered there wasn’t any food. There was just trains loaded with munitions. Ulysses S. Grant challenged Major General Philip H. Sheridan to pursue Lee’s troops. Lee was going west along the railroad to Jetersville after getting little food for his troops, but soon discovered that Sheridan’s men had arrived there first. They decided not to attack, because it was a late hour and they instead conducted a night march to the north, around the Union. Ewell was left with the goal of reaching Farmville, where he thought supplies would be waiting. This movement was spotted around dawn and Union troops continued their pursuit. Correctly assuming that future attacks were likely to happen, Ewell sent the wagon train along a more northern route west. It was followed by Gordon who was under pressure from Humphrey's approaching troops. Crossing Saylor's Creek, Ewell assumed a defensive position along a ridge west of the creek. . In a dangerous position, the two Confederate commands were nearly back-to-back. Open fire started with 20 guns around 5:15 PM. Over 7,000 of our men were killed.

8: 1807 Robert Edward Lee is born. 1831 Robert E. Lee gets married. 1852 Lee is Superintendant of Military Academy. 1855 Lee is transferred from staff to line. 1865 The battle of Saylor's Creek begins.


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