January 19th marks the birthday of Robert E. Lee, a famous American known for his strong religious faith and his controversial positions on slavery. President Teddy Roosevelt respected Lee for his nobility, character, and faith. It’s been said that Lee killed more Americans than any other military commander in U.S. history. Lee was both an officer in the U.S. Army and a Confederate General. Lee inspired hatred in the North and was idolized in the South. He was known to remove his hat and pray for his soldiers while they were in battle. While he did free his slaves and was a devout Christian, he publicly opposed abolitionism.
- Robert E. Lee was considered a devout Christian and a great man, overall.
- In spite of his devotion to Christ, Lee fought on the side of the South in the Civil War.
- Lee freed his slaves and believed that they should be emancipated slowly, in spite of his allegiance in the Civil War.
“Lee’s career as an officer in the United States Army and as a general in the Confederate Army have been described in considerable detail by many historians.”