E. Lee - The Early Years
Born: January 19, 1807
Died: October 12, 1870
Robert Edward Lee was a career United States Army officer, an engineer,
and among the most celebrated generals in American history. Lee was the
son of Major General Henry Lee III (1756�1818), Governor of
Virginia, and his second wife, Anne Hill Carter (1773�1829). He was also
related to Meriwether Lewis (1774 - 1809).
What do you know about Robert E. Lee? Try this Civil
War Trivia quiz. Answers are at the bottom of the page.
1) Where was Robert E. Lee born?
- Stratford Hall Plantation, Westmoreland County, Virginia
- Custis Mansion, Arlington County, Virginia
- Mount Vernon, Arlington County, Virginia
2) What was his father known as?
- "Light Horse Harry"
- "Henry's Rangers"
- "Attack at Dawn Lee?
3) He entered the United States Military Academy in 1825 and became the
first cadet to achieve the rank of sergeant at the end of his first year.
When he graduated in 1829 he was at the head of his class in artillery and
tactics, and shared the distinction with five other cadets of having
received no demerits during the four-year course of instruction. Overall,
he ranked second in his class of 46. He was commissioned as a brevet
second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers.
4) After West Point, where did Lee serve for just over seventeen
- Fort Macon, Georgia
- New Orleans Harbor, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Fort Pulaski, Cockspur Island, Georgia
5) What was referred to as the "Gibraltar of Chesapeake Bay."
- Fort Madison
- Fort James
- Fort Monroe
6) Lee married Mary Anna Randolph Custis on June 30, 1831 . Who
was Mary's great-grandmother?
- Dolly Madison
- Martha Washington
- Mary Margaret Monroe
7) Lee distinguished himself in the Mexican-American War (1846�1848).
He was one of Winfield Scott's chief aides in the march from Veracruz to
Mexico City. After what battle was Lee promoted to brevet major on April
- Battle of Cerro Gordo
- Battle of Anglo Juna
- Battle of Hermosa
8. In September 1852, Lee became the superintendent of West Point.
During his three years at West Point, Brevet Colonel Robert E. Lee
improved the buildings and courses, and spent a lot of time with the
cadets. Lee's oldest son, George Washington Custis Lee, attended West
Point during his tenure. Custis Lee graduated in 1854, first in his class.
9. In 1855, Lee's tour of duty at West Point ended and he was appointed
Lieutenant Colonel of a newly formed regiment. What was the regiment?
- 2nd U.S. Cavalry
- 1st U.S. Infantry
- 7th U.S. Cavalry
10. When Texas seceded from the Union in February 1861, General David
E. Twiggs surrendered all the American forces (about 4,000 men, including
Lee, and commander of the Department of Texas) to the Texans. Twiggs
immediately resigned from the U. S. Army and was made a Confederate
general. Lee went back to Washington, and was appointed Colonel of the
First Regiment of Cavalry in March 1861. Who signed Lee's Colonelcy was
- James Buckhannon
- Abraham Lincoln
- Jefferson Davis