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Who was offered command of the Union forces at the beginning of the war but chose not to fight against Virginia?

Robert E. Lee

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Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee was very skilled when it came to battle plans and commanding the military. Right before the Civil War broke out, the North asked Lee to command the Union Troops. But he did not accept the offer because he could not fight against his homestate, Virginia. Even though he fought for the South he did not want slavery. He opposed it greatly.

Here are some helpful maps of the states during the Civil War. civilwarmap.png


"With all my devotion to the Union and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home. I have therefore resigned my commission in the Army, and save in defense of my native State, with the sincere hope that my poor services may never be needed, I hope I may never be called on to draw my sword....." Lee in a letter to his sister, April 20, 1861
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Stratford_Hall.png On January 19, 1807 Robert E. Lee was born in Stratford Hall, VA. He was born to a wealthy family. His father was nick-named Light Horse Harry. ConfedarateFlag1666022.png

BattleMapOfNorthVA.png Robert E. Lee might have had a battle map like this one.

Lexington.png The famous general, Robert E. Lee died on October 12, 1870 in Lexington, VA.