Robert Lee's birthday in the USA (19/01)

On January 19, America celebrates the birthday of the outstanding military leader Robert Edward Lee ( Robert Edward Lee, January 19, 1807 — October 12, 1870 ). In the states of Alabama and Mississippi alone, this date is celebrated on Monday 3rd.

Robert Lee — one of the famous American commanders, commander of the army of southerners in the Civil War of 1861 — 1865. Thanks to the talent of the general, the South, which did not have an industrial base and, therefore, the ability to fully provide the army, managed to inflict a number of sensitive defeats on the northerners.

Once, as a teacher at the West Point Military Academy, the general taught his future opponents — Grant, Sherman, and other northerner military leaders. And although the northerners won the final victory in the war, the winning party nevertheless treated Robert Lee with sincere respect and emphasized respect.

In 2003, the film « Gods and Generals » ( Gods & Generals ) was released in video rental, in which the image of Robert Lee is shown colorfully and truthfully. The film tells about the time when a split occurred in the American nation, from 1861 until 1863, culminating in the Chancellorsville battle.

Today, many historians, evaluating the identity and activities of Robert Lee, consider him a talented commander, but a very multifaceted and controversial person. In his native state of Virginia, he is remembered and appreciated, as in his lifetime, and in a number of higher military institutions in some countries of the world they study the tactics of warfare of Robert Lee, since they consider them a model of military art.