Robert E. Lee - Research Article from American Civil War Reference Library

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Raised to Believe in Duty and Honor

Robert Edward Lee was born in January 1807 to a wealthy Virginia family. His father, Harry Lee, was a Revolutionary War (1776–83) hero who had been one of George Washington's best friends. His mother, Anne Hill Carter Lee, also came from a wealthy and privileged background. Robert E. Lee spent his first three years at Stratford Hall, a fine mansion along the banks of the Potomac River that had been home to the Lee family for several generations. In 1810, however, serious financial problems changed the family's living situation. Harry Lee lost the family fortune in a series of poor business decisions. The situation became so bad that he was thrown in debtor's prison (a special jail that held people who failed to pay off financial debts), and the Lee family was forced to leave Stratford.

They moved to a modest home...

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