On January 19th, 1807, Robert E. Lee entered the world, the son of General "Lighthorse Harry" Lee, one of George Washington's greatest assets. He was raised as a Southern gentleman, and entered West Point in 1825.
Because of the history lessons of our liberal school teachers, most Americans misunderstand Robert E. Lee. Most Americans don't realize how great a man he was. Another thing most Americans don't realize is that Lee did not want to make war on the United States. Had his own home state of Virginia not seceded, Lee would have been the only General that Abraham Lincoln needed to finish off the Civil War. But because Lee could not fire on his fellow Virginians, Lincoln would go through seven Generals before finding a man who could whip Lee in his weakened state.
Some of Lee's tactics are still used today. He was a brilliant tactician, but for his hesitance to attack the North. Had he followed up his early victories with an immediate invasion of the North, we might not have to tolerate such atrocities as federally mandated speed limits or seat belt laws. But Lee only wanted the Northern Aggressors to leave his poor Virginia alone.