#39 General Lee Southern Headquarters April 1, 1863

Southern Headquarters Apr. 1, 1863


The leader of the Southern Army, General Robert Edward Lee, visited the temporary medical station set up near the battlefield, today. Wounded soldiers came out of their beds to be present when the famous commander rode through the camp. His presence lifted the spirit of the men. Lee's background and training has helped shape him into one of the war's most important figures. He graduated from West Point in 1829 and ironically started his career as an officer in the United States Army. Offered the field command of the U.S. Army by President Lincoln, Lee turned it down when war threatened in 1861. Although against secession, he made up his mind not to fight against the South.