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  • Robert E Lee - 1,007 words
    ... slavery had an evil effect on masters as well as slaves. Long before the war, he had freed the few slaves whom he had inherited. Lee greatly admired George Washington, and hated the thought of a divided nation. But he came to feel that his state was protecting the very liberty, freedom, and legal principles for which Washington had fought. He was willing to leave the union, as Washington had left the British Empire, to fight what the South called a second war of independence. Lee had great difficulty in deciding whether to stand by his native state or remain with the Union, even though Lincoln offered him the field command of the United States Army. He wrote his sister, "...in my own per ...
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  • The Life Of General Robert E. Lee - 626 words
    Robert Edward Lee was the most beloved General in American History. His accomplishments have traveled through history as being unmatched by any other American General in History. He earned respect by hard work and discipline. He was a leader by example, and would never ask his men to do something he himself would not do. He graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1829. He later becomes the Superintendent of West Point in 1852. He would have preferred duty in the field rather that duty behind a desk, but worked without complaint. While Superintendent at West Point, he improved the buildings, the courses, and spent a lot of time with the cadets. When war broke out between Unite ...
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  • Robert E. Lee Biography - 549 words
    Robert E. Lee was born in Virginia on January 19, 1807. Robert E. Lees father fought in George Washingtons army. As a child Robert and his brother begged his father to tell them about what he did in the army. Roberts father told them the stories many times, but they never got sick of them and always wanted to hear them again. Soon Roberts father had to go on a trip to the West Indies. Roberts Father took him and his brother for a walk before he left. He told them To be good while he was away, and to always do what you think is best. A short time after that Roberts father went to the West Indies. Robert never ended up seeing him again. But he never forgot what his father said that day. Robert ...
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  • Robert E. Lee - 1,801 words
    Introduction Few episodes in history are more painful to Americans than the Civil War, fought between the North and the South. This biography, Great American Generals - Robert E. Lee, by Ian Hogg, takes the reader through the life of one of the greatest heroes of that war, Robert E. Lee. It is a thorough, in depth record of the life of Lee and begins with a detailed account of his family history and his birth, through his college years, military experience and his work in later life to his death on October 12, 1870. The first few pages set the scene by listing a substantial amount of facts about the names and backgrounds of his parents Harry and Ann and Lee's wife, Mary Custis, with some ref ...
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  • Robert E. Lee - 1,755 words
    ... same. He tried every way to heal the breach between the North and the South. Positions of great honor and remuneration were offered to Lee, both in his own country and abroad, but he had no desire to enter into politically controversial activities. In the Summer of 1865 he was offered the Presidency of Washington College (renamed Washington & Lee University after his death), in Lexington, VA. The college was virtually in ruins, but Lee accepted the position after he was ensured his connection with the college would not injure it in any way. Lee's friends and relatives were shocked at the idea that Lee would accept a position at such a small school. He had received offers from many bi ...
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  • Lees Surrender - 583 words
    Some people believe that Robert E. Lee did not have that much influence on the South. They believe that he was a just a great general and that he didn't have much impact on the Confederate states. These people must have been from the North because General Robert E. Lee had a great impact on the South during the war, but he had an even greater impact after the war. People do not always act in their own interests. The South spent more in loss of lives than keeping slavery was worth in economic terms. The North spent more fighting the South than it would have cost to pay for the slave owners for their property. "People by large are guided by leaders. When their leaders march off into a folly, t ...
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  • Robert Frost - 1,033 words
    Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco. His father was William Frost, a Harvard graduate who was on his way westward when he stopped to teach at Bucknell Academy in Pennsylvania for extra money. His mother, Isabelle Moodie began teaching math at Bucknell while William was there, and they got married and moved to San Francisco. They were constantly changing houses, and William went from job to job as a journalist. About a year after moving to San Francisco, they had Robert. They named him Robert Lee Frost, after William's childhood hero, Robert E. Lee. Frost's father died from tuberculosis at age thirty-four, in 1885. Isabelle took Robert and his sister back east to Massachu ...
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  • The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail - 467 words
    In the play, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, Thoreau examines several different ways in which individuals interact with society. One of them is individualism. Individualism is the idea that all values people hold, rights they have, and duties to be performed should originate from or within an individual. Of greater importance is the idea that individualism is based on altruism, rather than egoism. Altruism is the performance of acts that are motivated by selflessness, for the benefit of others. Egoistic acts, on the other hand, are acts based on self-interest. If self-interest is based on selfish motives then it is a destructive thing, not positive. In t ...
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  • General William Sherman - 730 words
    William Tecumseh Sherman was born on May 8, 1820 in Lancaster, Ohio. He received his education at the United States Military Academy and then eventually became a Union General in the U.S. civil war. Sherman declared his resignation from the army in 1853 and became a banking firm in San Francisco. He became the president of the Military college in Louisiana (currently LSU) from 1859-1861. Sherman offered his services at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861 and was placed in command of a voluntary infantry regiment. He became a brigadier general of the volunteers after the first Battle of Bull Run. He was the leader at the battle of Shiloh and was then promoted to general to the volunteer. Fo ...
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  • The Forgotten Soldier - 1,333 words
    In a variety of ways, ranging from the popular movie Glory, to a planned memorial in Washington, D.C., African-American soldiers who fought for the Union during the Civil War have begun to receive the praise and recognition they have long deserved. But there were other African-Americans who fought in the Civil War who have been largely forgotten -- those who fought on the side of the Confederacy. Throughout the entire war, the slaves worked as noncombatant soldiers. Working as cooks, launders, medics, and carriers, the African-Americans were involved in the war that was meant to make them slaves (Geary, 68-69). In addition to serving as laborers, African-Americans fought for the South even i ...
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  • John Warr - 716 words
    Civil War Art is a big part of history today. People today us it to remember the war. How did people survive, where did people live, why did we fight are all questions and wonders of people today. Artist these days and back than drew about those questions. It gave people a mental picture on how our world was back than. Also what the Civil War was about. Today there are many artists that paint pictures about the Civil War. Civil War Art is very valuable. It brings back the life of the Civil War. Artist chose the sight or the position of what they are painting. It really affects the final painting. They choose to paint the scars of a direct shell hit. Paintings also of bulges in coats were sho ...
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  • 1920sroaring And Depression - 1,990 words
    It is likely that when comparing Civil War Generals that the historian cannot make general or specific comparisons between personalities like Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant. They eventually fought each other, and Grant was the victor. Who was more bold? Who was more the genius? Who had the best instincts? When comparing Robert E. Lee with Joseph Johnston comparisons come quickly. One was a bold offensive minded general and the other? And the other was also an offensive minded general who lacked boldness. As a strategist Johnston seems to have been dominated by the concepts of Frederick the Great, Jomini, and Napoleon. He rarely strayed from the accepted maxims. Concentration and maneuver ...
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  • Battle Of Gettysburg - 1,106 words
    Driving through Gettysburg people see statues and marking at different sites, if youre do not know much history you would still know that these markings are a symbols of fallen soldiers. These soldiers never really needed to die but the North and South could not work out their differences peacefully which caused a great war in U.S. history, The Civil War. One of the biggest battles fought during the Civil war took place in the small city of Gettysburg. The battle of Gettysburg was the biggest and bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Gettysburg is also known as the turning point in the war. Taking away the statues and most of the new development in the city we can see what Gettysburg looked li ...
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  • Hiroshima - 3,270 words
    At 11:02 a.m., August 9, 1945 an atomic bomb exploded 500 meters above this spot. The black stone monolith marks the hypocenter. The fierce blast wind, heat rays reaching several thousand degrees, and deadly radiation generated by the explosion crushed, burned and killed everything in sight and reduced this entire area to a barren field of rubble. About one-third of Nagasaki City was destroyed and 150,000 people killed or injured, and it was said at the time that this area would be devoid of vegetation for 75 years. Now, the hypocenter remains as an international peace park and a symbol of the aspiration for world harmony.(from Monumental inscription of hypocenter) DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE ATOMI ...
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  • Jefferson Davis - 538 words
    Jefferson Davis was the President of the Confederate States of America and led the nation through the Civil War. Davis was a United States military officer, Congressman, Senator, and Secretary-of-War before elected (Catton and McPherson -p.42). The Confederate States of America were the states that had withdrawn from the Union to form this pro-slave country. These states that had withdrawn believed in slavery on the basis that the economy would fall when slaves were taken away because of the supply and demand for cotton. These times were very tough for him and his nation. Even though he was not given enormous amounts of control and power over his nation, he led the country well when he was g ...
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  • The Second Battle Of Bull Run - 691 words
    The year is 1862, during the Civil War. My name is Jack Taurance and I am eighteen years old. I am a soldier that has to fight in the 2nd Battle of Bull Run. The battle is going to take place in my hometown of Manassas, Virginia. I cannot wait. It is going to be so great I have heard that the 1st Battle of Bull Run was hell, but this one won't be. It'll be great because I'm in it and I am fighting for my country and the people of Virginia. I am proud to be a part of the Confederate Army. August 27, 1862: Today is the first day of the battle. I'm excited beyond imagination; I cannot express my feelings right now. Robert E. Lee, the general of the Confederate Army, has told us to get in our fi ...
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  • Major Battles Of The Civil War - 369 words
    The First Bull Run was the first major battle of the war and would occur in northern Virginia right next to the capital. Northern spectators came to watch the battle because they were sure the union would win but the confederates won much to their dismay. Because of this battle both sides realized this would be a long and hard war instead of an easy one. The next major battle was Anita. On September 17th 1862 general Robert E. lee would attack Antietam in hopes that the European countries would see that they were strong enough to beat the union and help out. But Lee lost the battle and the European countries declined. 24000 died in this battle making it the bloodiest day of the war. Gettysbu ...
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  • Living History - 1,191 words
    Michael Shaara's historical novel, The Killer Angels is based on the Battle of Gettysburg. Shaaras experience as a teacher shows by breaking down the characters and events surrounding this critical turning point in the history of the United States. Shaara helps the reader understand the significance of this important battle in which two percent of the male population at that time gave their lives for a cause (Sherwin, Elizabeth). He brings to life the great leaders of the North and South, men like Lawrence Chamberlain, Robert E. Lee, and James Longstreet, their similarities and their differences, and their effect on history. Throughout the novel, Shaara gets into the hearts, minds, and souls ...
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  • The Battle Of Gettysbury - 851 words
    The battle of Gettysburg was the turning point in the American Civil War. When looking at the causes of the Civil War, and eventually the Battle of Gettysburg, one must understand the differences between the differences between the North and the South. The South was fighting the war because they believed that the government treated them unfairly. They believed that the government overtaxing them, with tariffs and property taxes. On the other hand the North was fighting the war for two reasons. first to keep the Nation together and second to abolish slavery.In almost every category: manufacturing, amrywise and moneywise the North was better off. This set the stage for a very monumental battle ...
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  • Grandmas House - 543 words
    Traveling up a long gravel driveway, there are sights to see such as trees bigger than any that is usually seen in a new town. A big barn swings, and a little old lady so small the littlest bit of wind could knock her over. Looking around, watching the stillness in the air, and the warm tenderness of feeling welcome makes a place like this worth the hour drive. The houses that neighbor are a couple acres away, but neighbors are best friends, practically family. To the back and sides of the house stand hundreds of acres of fields for beans or corn to be picked each fall. On the left side of the yard stands a small one room playhouse that is about 4 feet off the ground. A small wooden ladder ...
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