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What impact did Robert E Lee have on the civil war?

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Nikki Petersen

on 5 May 2014

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What impact did Robert E Lee have on the civil war?
Robert E Lee served as a military officer in the U.S. Army. He also served as a West Point commandant and was the legendary general of the Confederate Army during the Civil War

He commanded the army of Northern Virginia.

He battled Ulysses S. Grant
*Peninsula Campaign
*Second Bull Run

At the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863, he daringly divided his army and had great success.


He had success at:

*The Union Army of the Potomac was led by General George B. McClellan

*It consisted over 100,000 men.

They were diven away by the Confederates, which were led by Robert E Lee back to the James River.
The Seven Days Battles were a series of six major battles over the seven days from June 25 to July 1, 1862.

*featured six different battles

*occured along the Virginia Peninsula east of Richmond.

Explain the significance of 7 days
When Gen. Joseph E. Johnston was wounded May 31 during the Battle of Seven Pines (aka Battle of Fair Oaks), Davis asked Lee to command the army in the field. He agreed and did so.

* he knew he could not protect the Confederate capital for long

Stonewall Jackson arrived with troops from the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, and Lee was prepared to strike McClellan’s Army.

*June 25 - Sent two divisions of the III Corps to protect the Richmond & York River Railroad(took place in the swamps around Oak Grove)
*June 27, the Confederates attacked on the south side of the Chicahominy.
*June 28 - little fighting except Golding’s Farm.
*June 29- Magruder struck the Union rear guard at Savage’s Station but with little effect.
June 30 - Glendale or Frayser’s Farm
May 1 - McClellan took up a strong defensive position on Malvern Hill a little north of the James River, which cost the Confederate army 5,600 men.

all the battles
How did Gettysburg Address impact the civil war?
Robert E Lee .. 7 days .. Gettysburg Address
He declined Lincoln's offer to command the Union Army. Instead, he kept his loyalty to his home state of Virginia. Lee commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.

He surrended to General Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865

*After the Battle of Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address during the dedication cemetery for Union soldiers who fought and died in the battle.
*In the address Lincoln said there was great need for Americans to remember the sacrifice made by these soldiers.
This changed America the president later suggested to the governor of Louisiana that some African Americans should have the right to vote, because in his speech he said that the blacks fought for the whites.

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