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Robert E. Lee Paper by Mind Map: Robert E. Lee Paper
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Robert E. Lee Paper

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Paragraph 1) Virginia

Was pro-Union

On the boarder of the North

Battleground for much of war

After Fort Sumter and Lincolns call for troops, seceded

2) Military Career

Was called “the army’s most promising officer.”

In Texas fighting outlaws when division began happening

Nothing exciting since Mexican war

Meager $4000 a year

Offered command of troops for Union and Confederacy

Choose Confederacy

3) For slavery?

Peoples first assumptions are that he fought to protect slavery

He did own slaves but they were inherited from his mother

They were a few house slaves that were treated well

Not well acquainted with brutal slavery. Mostly knew house slaves

Did not fight for slavey

He was against slavery

Helped colonizing movements of wife

“In this enlightened age there are few, I believe, but what will acknowledge that slavery, as an institution, is a moral and political evil…I think it, however, a greater evil to the white than to the black race, and while my sympathies are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are more strong for the former.”

4) It was his home

His family has been there for generations

Very prestigious family

Father was one of Washington's favorite generals and later Virginia governor

Mother comes from a long line of wealthy planters

Married relative of George Washington, his hero

Why did he fight for Virginia?

Thesis: To see why Lee fought for his family and state, it is important to know about Virginia around the Civil War, his military career, his family, his upbringing, and his people.

5) Fought for Virginia because of his upbringing

Lee families had strong emphasis on family.