Robert E. Lee

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US Civil War Didn't End at Appomattox

The Battle of Palmito Ranch really brought it to an end

(Newser) - It's common knowledge that the four bloody, thunderous years of the American Civil War came to a solemn end when Southern Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox—but it's not true. The final land battle of the war wasn't fought... More »

Rare Photo Found of Robert E. Lee Slave

Image of Selina Gray discovered on eBay

(Newser) - The National Park Service has found—on eBay—only the second photo known to exist of a famous slave owned by Robert E. Lee and and his wife, reports AP . The image, bought by the service for $700, shows Selina Gray and two younger girls, possibly her children. Gray served... More »

Lee's Namesake School to Remove Confederate Flags

Washington and Lee University agrees to students' demand

(Newser) - Robert E. Lee is giving up his flag one more time in the South. Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., has acceded to the demands of a group of law students and will remove Confederate flags that adorn Lee Chapel on the campus, reports the Roanoke Times . In an... More »

Army College May Dump Confederate 'Enemies'

Redecoration starts rumors about portraits of Lee, Jackson

(Newser) - Is the US Army War College about to take down its portraits of Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and other Confederate officers? The institution in rural Pennsylvania is having a debate about it, the Washington Times reports. Rumors started when one faculty member took portraits of Lee and... More »

Map Sheds Light on Lee's Fateful Gettysburg Decision

New map indicates Lee couldn't see large numbers of Union soldiers

(Newser) - On the second day of fighting at Gettysburg, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee listened to scouting reports, scanned the battlefield, and ordered his second-in-command, James Longstreet, to attack the Union Army's left flank. It was a fateful decision, one that led to one of the most desperate clashes of... More »

Robert E. Lee Is No Hero

It's time we honor the ones who were right: Richard Cohen

(Newser) - Robert E. Lee was a brilliant general, but he "commanded a vast army that, had it won, would have secured the independence of a nation dedicated to the proposition that white people could own black people and sell them off, husband from wife, child from parent, as the owner... More »

Ben Stein to Wal-Mart: Hands Off Civil War Battlefield

(Newser) - Ben Stein loves Wal-Mart—just don’t put one smack-dab in the middle of a historic Civil War battlefield in Orange, Va. The 1864 Battle of the Wilderness was a turning point in the conflict, Stein writes in the American Spectator, and the “battlefield is incredibly important environmentally and... More »

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