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Museum: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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General Robert Edward Lee
General Robert Edward Lee
When the Civil War began, Lee was put in command of all of Virginia's forces, but once the Confederate States Army was formed, he was named one of its first 5 full generals. At first assumed too timid, he was termed "Granny Lee", but after the Seven Days Battles in 1862, his men revered him as "Marse Robert". On January 31, 1865, Lee was promoted to general-in-chief of the Confederate forces, but by then the South was clearly losing the war. After Lee's surrender on April 9, 1865, he discouraged his officers from continuing the conflict via guerilla warfare and campaigned for the reconciliation of the states, stating, So far from engaging in a war to perpetuate slavery, I am rejoiced that slavery is abolished. I believe it will be greatly for the interests of the South. After the war, Lee became president of Washington College, later Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia.