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By Bonnie Bader

Robert E. Lee appeared destined for greatness. His father used to be a progressive warfare hero and at West aspect he graduated moment in his type! In 1861, whilst the Southern states seceded from the Union, Lee was once provided the chance to command the Union forces. even though, even supposing he used to be opposed to the conflict, his loyalty to his domestic country of Virginia wouldn’t permit him struggle for the North. regardless of the South’s final defeat, common Robert E. Lee is still one of many usa’ precise army heroes.

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It was once time to move at the offensive—to assault the Union military. The battles that have been referred to as the Seven Days’ Battles simply because they lasted per week. the 1st one came about on June 25 at Oak Grove, Virginia. For a number of days there has been no transparent victory for each side. Then, taking approximately fifty-four thousand males, Robert attacked the Union squaddies at Gaines’s Mill. The conflict was once fierce. Many lay injured or lifeless at the battlefield—over 4 thousand at the Union facet, and over seven thousand Confederates. finally, the Confederates have been positive. And Robert E. Lee ultimately used to be famous as a difficult fighter—a terrific and competitive normal, a guy who was once keen to take hazards. lower than Lee, the military of Northern Virginia had develop into one of many most powerful devices battling within the Civil conflict. Northern troops feared and revered Lee and his males. Robert made up our minds it used to be time to maneuver farther north into enemy territory rather than combating on Southern soil. The men’s spirits have been up; the accomplice infantrymen now inspiration that they had an opportunity of successful the warfare. Robert placed 3 males accountable for his squaddies. common “Stonewall” Jackson and basic James Longstreet have been to every command a gaggle of infantrymen who fought walking and who dealt with the massive weapons. normal James (Jeb) Stuart used to be to command the cavalry: infantrymen on horseback. On August 30, the Confederates racked up one other victory on the moment conflict of Bull Run. Robert stored his military at the stream. They marched around the Potomac River into Maryland, a slave-owning country that had remained within the Union. via now Robert’s males have been drained. nutrients used to be scarce. Uniforms have been donning skinny. yet Robert didn't want to forestall to leisure. a few infantrymen ran away. They have been too hungry and too scared to head on. the total military of Northern Virginia used to be all the way down to simply fifty-five thousand males. Robert made up our minds to separate his military into teams. One may remain close to Frederick, Maryland. common Jackson may lead the opposite staff to Harpers Ferry, Virginia. yet Northern infantrymen chanced on a duplicate of Robert’s plans. this would were a catastrophe for the Confederates. however it wasn’t. Why? Union basic George McClellan waited too lengthy to assault. His mistake gave the accomplice military extra time to prepare. because the sunlight rose at the morning of September 17, McClellan despatched a few of his troops to assault the left facet of the accomplice military. Then he despatched a few squaddies to the appropriate. McClellan was hoping this plan would depart the guts of Robert’s military open to assault. McClellan’s squaddies charged. Sitting on best of his horse, traveler, Robert watched the conflict from excessive up on a hill. Puffs of white smoke from the cannons lined the sector. males on horseback and infantrymen walking charged opposed to the Northern military. Robert was once proud. His troops fought tough. They have been courageous. They labored as a team—something that McClellan’s males didn't do. via the tip of the struggle, the conflict of Antietam, Robert misplaced 2,700 males. one other 9,024 have been wounded, and thousand have been lacking or captured. The Northern military had giant losses, too.

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