June 25, 2008

Lee's Quarters, Fortress Monroe

Sometimes we forget that Robert E. Lee had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Army before resigning when Virginia seceded from the United States. At Fort Monroe there's a marker for his quarters. I've read that because he knew how strong the fort was, he never ordered an attack on it during the Civil War.

Robert E. Lee, future Confederate General, was stationed at Fort Monroe 1831-1834 as a lieutenant of engineers. He had almost complete charge of construction and put the finishing touches on the fort. Lee's first child was born here in 1832.

See also Lee's 26 Years as an Officer in the Corps of Engineers.

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