Commander of the Confederate army during the Civil War..
General of the Confederate army during the Civil War. He graduated at the top of his class at West Point and distinguished himself many times in the U.S. Army-- then made an interesting career choice.
Lee became the great Southern hero of the war, and his popularity grew in the North. He was the prime general and led much of the South's successes until the South surrendered. He opposed Radical Reconstruction and supported Andrew Johnson.