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Robert E. Lee, Day-by-Day

Date Location State What Source
1807, January 19 Stratford VA Birth Freeman
1809 Stratford VA Father arrested for debt Freeman
1813 Stratford VA Father leaves Freeman
1814, August 28 Alexandria VA Living with his mother Freeman
1820 Alexandria VA Alexandria Academy Freeman
1823 Alexandria VA Completed study at Alexandria Academy Freeman
1824, April 1   VA Wrote his letter of acceptance to West Point, 1st known letter by R. E. Lee Freeman
1824, October 14 Alexandria VA Lafayette paid a visit to Lee's mother, Lee was doubtlessly at the meeting Freeman
1825, February Alexandria VA Enrolled in James Hallowell's school adjoining the Lee's household Freeman
1825, June     Traveling towards West Point Freeman
1825, June 28 West Point NY Becomes a cadet at West Point Freeman
1825, August 27 West Point NY Beginning of schooling at West Point Freeman
1826, January 2 West Point NY Begins final exams for his first year at West Point Freeman
1826 West Point NY Appears in the list of distinguished cadets in his class Freeman
1826, June 23 West Point NY Receives cadet rank of Staff Sergent, the highest position avaible to him at the time Freeman
1826, July 1 West Point NY Lee becomes a upperclassman Freeman
1826, September 1 West Point NY Beginning of second academic year at West Point Freeman
1827, January West Point NY Lees rating in his class falls due to work overload Freeman
1828 West Point NY Lee made the Office of Corps Adjutant, the highest cadet rank in the corps Freeman
1829, June West Point NY Lee graduates from West Point and commissions in the Engineer Corps Freeman
1829, July 10 Ravensworth VA Lee's mother dies Freeman
1829, August 1   VA Lee returns to Virginia from Georgetown after settling his mother's estate Freeman
1829, August 11   VA Lee is ordered to report by the middle of the next November to Cockspur Island, Georgia Freeman
1829, November 1 Savannah GA Lee arrives in Savannah Freeman
1830, November 10 Cockspur Island GA Lee Returns to Cockspur Island after the summer months Freeman
1831, April 13 Cockspur Island GA Lee receives orders to report to Old Point, Virginia Freeman
1831, April 21 Cockspur Island GA Lee's moving orders are acknowledged Freeman
1831, May 7 Hampton Roads VA Lee reports to Hampton Roads, Virginia Freeman
1831, June 30 Arlington VA Lee is married to Mary Anna Randolph Curtis Freeman
1831, July 11 Washington D.C.   Lee rides to Washington, D.C., stops at Alexandria to make purchases Freeman
1831, August Fort Monroe SC Lee and his wife arrive at Fort Monroe Freeman
1832, September 16 Fort Monroe SC Mrs. Lee gives birth to Lee's first child, George Washington Custis Lee Freeman
1834, July 18 Fort Monroe SC Secretary of War visits Fort Monroe Freeman
1834, October 25 Fort Monroe SC Invited by General Gratiot to come to Washington, D.C. Freeman
1834, November Arlington VA Lee and his family move to Arlington Freeman
1836, September 21 Washington D.C.   Lee is promoted to 1st Lieutenant Freeman
1837, February Washington D.C.   Lee writes Talcott discussing his consideration to resign from the Army Freeman
1837, May 31 Washington D.C.   Lee's third child is born Freeman
1837, December 6 St Louis MO Lee presents his plan to General Gratiot for the clearing up an area of the Mississippi River Freeman
1837, December 22/25 Arlington VA Lee arrives home in time for Christmas Freeman
1838, March 25 Pittsburgh PA Lee and his family set out for Pittsburgh on the way to Louisville, Kentucky Freeman
1838, September 20 St Louis MO Lee sets his men to work at cutting out rock on a section of the Mississippi River Freeman
1838, August 7 St Louis MO Lee is promoted to Captain in the Corps of Engineers Freeman
1839, May 1 St Louis MO Lee and his family leave St. Louis to return to Arlington Freeman
1839, May 8 Wheeling VA Lee and his family reach Wheeling on a steamboat Freeman
1839, May 25 Arlington VA Lee leaves Arlington to his post at St Louis Freeman
1839, July 1 St Louis MO Lee receives word of his new daughter, Annie Carter Lee Freeman
1839, July 24 St Louis MO Lee writes his friend Major Hitchcock declaring a good prospect of success on the engineering project on the Mississippi Freeman
1839, August 12 St Louis MO The river is low enough for Lee to begin construction Freeman
1840, July 24 Arlington VA Lee receives orders to return to St Louis to survey his work and its success Freeman
1840, October 6 St Louis MO Lee completes the last of his work in St. Louis Freeman
1840, October 22 Washington D.C.   Lee arrives in Washington, D.C. Freeman
1840, November 7 Beaufort NC Lee inspects Fort Macon construction Freeman
1841, April 10 New York NY Lee arrives in New York to inspect and improve forts in the area. He is stationed at Fort Hamilton Freeman
1843, March New York NY Lee is back in New York after winter Freeman
1843 October 27 Arlington VA Lee's sixth child is born, Robert Edward Lee Freeman
1844 January 10 Washington D.C.   Lee arrives in Washington, D.C. Freeman
1844, April 15 Fort Hamilton NY Lee is ordered back to Fort Hamilton Freeman
1844, June West Point NY Lee is chosen to attend the final exams at West Point in 1844 Freeman
1844, December 22 Washington D.C.   Lee goes to Washington, D.C., as an office assistant for the winter Freeman
1845, March 31 Washington D.C.   Lee receives orders to return to Fort Hamilton Freeman
1845, September Fort Hamilton NY Lee is appointed to the board of engineers for the Atlantic Coast defenses Freeman
1846, August 19 Fort Hamilton NY Lee receives orders to serve in Mexico Freeman
1846, September 13 Port La Vaca TX Lee arrives in Port la Vaca on way to San Antonio de Bexar Freeman
1846, September 21 San Antonio TX Lee arrives at San Antonio Freeman
1846, December 28     Lee volunteers for a scouting mission against Santa Anna Freeman
1847, January 16     Lee is ordered to proceed to Brazos and join General Scott for the Vera Cruz Expedition Freeman
1847, February 19 Tampico Mexico Lee goes ashore to Tampico with General Scott Freeman
1847, February 20 Tampico Mexico Lee leaves Tampico with General Scott, bound for Lobos Freeman
1847, February 21 Lobos Mexico Lee arrives at the Island of Lobos Freeman
1847, March 24 Vera Cruz Mexico Lee directs a battery of guns in his first combat action Freeman
1847, April 17 Cero Gordo Mexico Lee acts as a guide for General Twigg's division after conducting several days of scouting Freeman
1847, April 19 Jalapa Mexico Lee enters Jalapa Freeman
1847, April 24 Cero Gordo Mexico Lee is brevetted Major Freeman
1847, April 25 Perote Mexico Lee writes his wife after a church service, thanking God for his protection Freeman
1847, May 28 Puebla Mexico Lee enters the city of Puebla with General Scott Freeman
1847, August 12 Ayotla Mexico Lee goes on a reconaissance mission for a planned assault on Mexico City Freeman
1847, August 17 Lake Chalco Mexico Lee makes a reconaissance of the roads to the South and West of Chalco Freeman
1847, August 20 Churubusco Mexico Lee is brevetted Lieutenant Colonel Freeman
1847, August 22 Mexico City Mexico Lee writes a personal description of the obstacles he observed guarding Mexico City Freeman
1847, September 6 Tacubaya Mexico Lee joins General Scott and other officers to discuss the best method of attacking Mexico City Freeman
1847, September 8 Tacubaya Mexico Lee reports his reconaissance to General Scott of the roads to the south of Mexico City Freeman
1847, September 10 Miscoac Mexico Lee works on the defenses of a new base at Miscoac Freeman
1847, September 11 near Mexico City Mexico Lee conducts a reconaissance of the Nino Perdido Road Freeman
1847, September 11 Piedad Mexico Lee attends a council of war at night with General Scott and other officers Freeman
1847, September 12 Tacubaya Mexico Lee meets with General Scott and advises him on the best time to attack Freeman
1847, September 14 near Mexico City Mexico Lee has been without sleep for 48 hours Freeman
1847, September 14 Chapultepec Mexico General Pillow is wounded Freeman
1847, September 14 Chapultepec Mexco Lee receives a slight wound in the afternoon Freeman
1847, September 14 Chapultepec Mexico Lee faints in the afternoon due to exhaustion for the first and only time in his life Freeman
1847, December Central Mexico Mexico Lee draws his pistol on a Mexican he suspected of foul play against him Freeman
1848, March 16 Mexico City Mexico Lee is forced by General Pillow to take the stand as a defense witness in the court of inquiry against General Pillow Freeman
1848, March 31 Mexico City Mexico Lee appears before the court of inquiry to report on troop movements Freeman
1848, April 8 Mexico City Mexico Lee again appears before the court to report on troop movements Freeman
1848, April 21   Mexico Lee completes work on maps of Mexico City's defenses and the roads and defenses of Central Mexico Freeman
1848, May 27 Mexico City Mexico Lee receives orders to march the engineering company to Vera Cruz and to embark them for the United States Freeman
1848, June 6 Vera Cruz Mexico Lee and the engineering company arrive in Vera Cruz Freeman
1848, June 29 Washington D.C.   Lee arrives in Washington, D.C. after a year and 10 months absence Freeman
1848, July 3 Washington D.C.   Lee is assigned special duty in Totten's office Freeman
1848, July 21 Washington D.C.   Lee is again elected to the board of engineers for the Atlantic coast defenses Freeman
1848, August 24 Washington D.C.   Lee is promoted to the rank of full Colonel Freeman
1848, September 13 Washington D.C.   Lee recieves orders to construct Fort Carroll outside of Baltimore Freeman
1848, November 15 Baltimore MD Lee arrives in Baltimore Freeman
1848, November 18 Boston MD Lee arrives in Boston with the Board of Engineers Freeman
1848, December 1 Boston MD Lee departs Boston for Baltimore Freeman
1849, January Washington D.C.   Lee leaves Washington, D.C., with the board of Engineers to look at potential fortifications in Florida Freeman
1849, April 1 Baltimore MD Lee arrives in Baltimore after leaving Florida Freeman
1849, July(late) Baltimore MD Lee begins to develop malaria, leaves to recuperate in Ravensworth Freeman
1849, August(early) Baltimore MD Lee arrives in Baltimore from recuperating in Arlington Freeman
1849, August 12 Baltimore MD Lee leaves for Newport, R.I. to meet the Board of Engineers Freeman
1850, December Boston MD Lee goes to Boston with the Board of Engineers Freeman
1851, March New York NY Lee goes to New York with the Board of Engineers Freeman
1851, August 3 Baltimore MD Lee writes his son a letter Freeman
1851, October 15 Baltimore MD Lee files his annual report on Fort Carroll, reporting much progress Freeman
1851, December 25 Arlington VA Lee and his family spend Christmas at Arlington Freeman
1852, May 28 Baltimore MD Lee receives orders from General Totten to become the superintendent of West Point Freeman
1852, July(late) Washington D.C.   Lee goes to Washington, D.C., in order to settle his affairs Freeman
1852, August 21 Baltimore MD Lee announces that he has turned over all balances to his assistant Freeman
1852, August 23 Baltimore MD Lee leaves Baltimore to set out for West Point Freeman
1852, September 1 West Point NY Lee becomes the 9th superintendent of West Point Freeman
1853, July 5 West Point NY Lee leaves West Point for a summer vacation in Virginia Freeman
1853, July 17 Alexandria VA Lee, along with his two oldest daughters, is confirmed Freeman
1853, August 27 West Point NY Lee returns to West Point at the end of his vacation Freeman
1854, July 8 West Point NY Lee writes a letter to General Totten regarding cadet "Curly" Whistler's request for readmittance into West Point Freeman
1855, March 15 West Point NY Lee accepts his transfer into the 2nd Cavalry Freeman
1855, March 31 West Point NY Lee turns over command of West Point to his successor Freeman
1855, April 12 Arlington VA Lee recieves orders to report to Louisville, Kentucky, to join the 2nd Cavalry Freeman
1855, April 20 Louisville KY Lee arrives in Louisville and takes command of 2nd Cavalry Freeman
1855, September 24 Fort Riley KS Lee travels to Fort Riley Freeman
1856, February 12 Arlington VA Lee leaves home after numerous court martial duties to rejoin the 2nd Cavalry in Texas Freeman
1856, March 2 Galveston TX Lee arrives in Galveston and rejoins the 2nd Cavalry Freeman
1856, March 27 Galveston TX Lee is assigned command of the two squadrons of the regiment at Camp Cooper Freeman
1856, April 9 Camp Cooper TX Lee arrives at Camp Cooper and takes command Freeman
1856, June 13 Camp Cooper TX Lee departs Camp Cooper on a mission to track down Indian aggressors Freeman
1856, June 18 Fort Chadbourne TX Lee arrives at Fort Chadbourne, gathers his forces, and continues on his tracking mission Freeman
1856, July 4 Near the Brazos River TX Lee thinks of of his family in Arlington on the way back to Camp Cooper Freeman
1856, July 23 Camp Cooper TX Lee arrives back at Camp Cooper after breaking up his expedition force Freeman
1856, September 28 Ringgold Barracks TX Lee arrives at the Ringgold Barracks Freeman
1856, November 4 Fort Brown TX Lee arrives at Fort Brown for a tribunal Freeman
1857, February 6 San Antonio TX Lee arrives in San Antonio for a tribunal Freeman
1857, March 20 Indianola TX Lee arrives in Indianola for a tribunal Freeman
1857, April 11 Fort Mason TX Lee arrives at Fort Mason on the way to Camp Cooper Freeman
1857, April 18 Camp Cooper TX Lee arrives back at Camp Cooper Freeman
1857, July 15 Fort Mason TX Lee arrives at Fort Mason for a court martial Freeman
1857, July 28 San Antonio TX Lee takes over command of the 2nd Cavalry Freeman
1857, August 1 San Antonio TX Lee occupies a house in San Antonio Freeman
1857, October 21 San Antonio TX Lee learns of his father in law, George Washington Parke Custis's, death Freeman
1857, October 24 San Antonio TX Lee leaves San Antonio for Arlington Freeman
1857, November 11 Arlington TX Lee arrives at Arlington Freeman
1858, March 17 Arlington TX Lee recieves a letter from his son Custis, in which is son gave Lee all the property Custis received from his grandfather's will Freeman
1858, April 26 Newport Barracks KY Lee leaves for Kentucky to serve on a court martial for General Twiggs Freeman
1858, May 5 Arlington VA Lee returns to Arlington Freeman
1858, October 22 Arlington VA Lee writes to General Scott asking for more leave in order to repair Arlington Freeman
1858, December 15 West Point NY Lee is in West Point for a court of inquiry against Professor Mahan Freeman
1859, April 1 Richmond VA Lee is in Richmond to assist in the settlement of the deed of trust for his son's marriage Freeman
1859, October 6 Fort Columbus NY Lee is in Fort Columbus for a court martial Freeman
1859, October 17 Arlington VA Lee receives orders to report to the Secretary of War immediately Freeman
1859, October 17 Harpers Ferry VA Lee surrounds the armory at Harpers Ferry with a detachment of Marines in order to capture John Brown Freeman
1859, October 18 Harpers Ferry VA Lee writes a letter to John Brown demanding his surrender Freeman
1859, October 19 Harpers Ferry VA Lee makes a final check of the conspirators with Andrew Hunter, the prosecutor Freeman
1859, October 20 Washington D.C.   Lee presents himself and his report at the War Department Freeman
1859, November 29 Washington D.C.   Lee receives orders to take 4 companies of troops and station at Harpers Ferry to keep order during John Brown's execution Freeman
1859, December 9 Harpers Ferry VA Lee receives orders to head back to Washington Freeman
1859, December 12 Harpers Ferry VA Lee departs Harpers Ferry Freeman
1859, December 14 Washington D.C.   Lee goes to Washington, D.C., to answer questions Freeman
1860, February 6 Washington D.C.   Lee is assigned the duty of temporary command of the Department of Texas, headquartered in San Antonio Freeman
1860, February 10 Arlington VA Lee leaves for San Antonio Freeman
1860, February 13 New Orleans LU Lee arrives in New Orleans on the way to San Antonio Freeman
1860, February 15 New Orleans LU Lee leaves New Orleans by steamer for Indianola Freeman
1860, February 19 San Antonio TX Lee arrives in San Antonio Freeman
1860, March 15 San Antonio TX Lee leaves San Antonio for the Rio Grande to deal with the bandit Juan Cortinas Freeman
1860, March 31 Ringgold Barracks TX Lee arrives at Ringgold Barracks Freeman
1860, April 2 Ringgold Barracks TX Lee writes a letter to the Mexican government asking them to help track down the Bandit Juan Cortinas Freeman
1860, April 3 Ringgold Barracks TX Lee leave Ringgold Barracks and conducts a careful inspection of the lower Rio Grande Freeman
1860, April 11 Fort Brown TX Lee arrives at Fort Brown Freeman
1860, April 12 Fort Brown TX Lee writes to the Mexican army explaining why Texas Rangers had gone into Mexico after Cortinas Freeman
1860, July 30 San Antonio TX Lee writes his West Point classmate Joseph E. Johnston, congratulating him on his promotion to Brigadier General Freeman
1860, December 14 San Antonio TX Lee writes Custis Lee about the potential dissolution of the Union amid the secession crisis Freeman
1860, December 19 San Antonio TX Lee leaves San Antonio for Fort Mason Freeman
1861, January 23 Fort Mason TX Lee writes home stating he wishes to not get involved in the seccession Freeman
1861, February 4 Fort Mason TX Lee receives orders that he is relieved of command of the 2nd Cavalry and is to report to Washington, D.C. Freeman
1861, February 13 Fort Mason TX Lee relinquishes command and starts the journey to Washington Freeman
1861, February 22 Indianola TX Lee arrives in Indianola Freeman
1861, February 25 New Orleans TX Lee arrives in New Orleans Freeman
1861, March 1 Alexandria VA Lee arrives in Alexandria Freeman
1861, March 28 Arlington VA Lee accepts his commission to Colonel and command of the 1st Cavalry Freeman
1861, April 17 Arlington VA Lee recieves a letter from General Scott requesting that he report to him immediately Freeman
1861, April 18 Washington D.C.   Lee visits Francis Blair and is offered command of a Union army of 75,000. Lee declines the offer reeman
1861, April 19 Alexandria VA Lee goes to Alexandria on business and learns that Virginia has seceded Freeman
1861, April 20 Arlington VA Lee tenders his resignation from the US army to Simon Cameron, Secretary of War Freeman
1861, April 20 Arlington VA Lee writes to General Scott bidding him farewell and good luck Freeman
1861, April 20 Arlington VA Lee writes his sister explaining his reasoning for resigning Freeman
1861, April 21 Alexandria VA Lee goes to church with one of his daughters, in civilian clothes Freeman
1861, April 22 Arlington VA Lee leaves Arlington in the morning to go to Richmond Freeman
1861, April 22 Richmond VA Lee arrives in Richmond in the afternoon Freeman
1861, April 23 Richmond VA Lee accepts command of the military and naval forces of Virginia Freeman
1861, April 24 Richmond VA Lee orders his officers to act on the defensive Freeman
1861, April 29-30 Richmond VA Lee designates officers to organize troops at Wheeling, Grafton, and in the lower Kanawha valley Freeman
1861, May 6 Richmond VA Lee warns General Cocke to prepare for a attack from Alexandria on Harpers Ferry Freeman
1861, May 16 Norfolk VA Lee leaves Richmond to inspect Norfolk Freeman
1861, May 21 Richmond VA Lee consolidates the command on the lower Peninsula of Virginia under General Magruder Freeman
1861, May 28 Manassas Junction VA Lee makes a hurried inspection of the junction Freeman
1861, June 6 thru 8 York and James Rivers VA Lee visits the York and James Rivers to inspect the batteries located their Freeman
1861, June 24 Richmond VA Lee writes his wife stating his uncertainty after Virginia forces fell under the command of the Confederacy Freeman
1861, July 28 Richmond VA Lee leaves Richmond to perform his first field duty for the Confederacy Freeman
1861, July 29 Staunton VA Lee leaves Staunton on the way to Monterey Freeman
1861, August 3   VA Lee heads to Huntersville Freeman
1861, August 6 Huntersville VA Lee leaves Huntersville and arrives at Valley Mountain later that day Freeman
1861, August 31   VA Lee is confirmed as a full general in the Confederate army Freeman
1861, September 8 Valley Mountain WV Lee completes the plan for the attack on Cheat Mountain Freeman
1861, September 9 Valley Mountain WV Lee issues a supplementary order to his forces Freeman
1861, September 11 Valley Mountain WV Lee moves forward for the attack with his troops Freeman
1861, September 12 Cheat Mountain WV Lee's attack on Cheat Mountain begins Freeman
1861, September 14 Cheat Mountain WV Lee sends a flag of truce to the Federals to recover the body of Colonel John A. Washington Freeman
1861, September 16 Camp on Valley River WV Lee sends a letter of condolence to Washington's wife Freeman
1861, September 17 Valley Mountain WV Lee writes Governor John Letcher explaining the failed attack Freeman
1861, September 21 Meadow Bluff WV Lee arrives in General John B. Floyd's camp at Meadow Bluff Freeman
1861, September 22 Sewell Mountain WV Lee makes a reconnaissance at Sewell Mountain Freeman
1861, September 24 Sewell Mountain WV Lee departs for Sewell Mountain with 4 regiments Freeman
1861, September 30 Sewell Mountain WV Lee writes General Floyd saying he is worried the enemy will not attack his positions, meaning Lee must go on the offensive Freeman
1861, October 30   WV Lee abandons western Virginia to the Federalists Freeman
1861, October 31 Richmond VA Lee arrives in Richmond Freeman
1861, November 4 Richmond VA Lee meets with Secretary of War Judah Benjamin Freeman
1861, November 6 Richmond VA Lee leaves Richmond for Charleston, South Carolina Freeman
1861, November 7 Charleston SC Lee arrives in Charleston Freeman
1861, November 10 thru 11 Savannah SC Lee inspects Fort Pulaski in Savannah Freeman
1861, November 13 thru 15 Charleston SC Lee visits Governer Francis Pickens to discuss the recruitment of South Carolina troops Freeman
1861, November 17 Savannah SC Lee goes to Savannah to inspect the Brunswick District Freeman
1861, December 2 on the Broad River SC Lee organizes a light force to cope with invading marauding Union forces Freeman
1861, December 11 Charleston SC Lee visits Charleston Freeman
1861, December 17 Coosawhatchie SC Lee returns to Coosawhatchie Freeman
1861, December 20 Coosawhatchie SC Lee recieves word that the Union blockaded Charleston by sinking several old ships and blocking the harbor Freeman
1862, January 16 Coosawhatchie SC Lee returns to Coosawhatchie after inspecting Savannah and Cumberland Island Freeman
1862, January 23 Charleston SC Lee is called to Charleston because another Federal fleet had appeared in the harbor Freeman
1862, January 28 Savannah SC Lee goes to Savannah Freeman
1862, February 3 Savannah SC Lee transfers his headquarters to Savannah Freeman
1862, February 22 Savannah SC Lee goes to church with one of his daughters, in civilian clothes Freeman
1862, March 2 Savannah SC Lee writes his daughter describing his confidence in the ability to hold Savannah Freeman
1862, March 3 Savannah SC Lee leaves for Richmond to meet with Jefferson Davis Freeman
1862, March 5 Richmond VA Lee arrives in Richmond Freeman
1862, March 14 Richmond VA Lee is appointed as the acting Secretary of War Freeman
1862, March 24 Richmond VA Lee goes to his new office in the War Department building Freeman
1862, April 11 Richmond VA Lee announces that volunteers in the militia could be drafted Freeman
1862, April 17 Richmond VA Lee focuses his attention on Northern Virginia Freeman
1862, April 19 Richmond VA Lee orders to Richmond regiments from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia Freeman
1862, April 21 Richmond VA Lee writes Jackson giving him ideas on what to do on the front at Fredericksburg Freeman
1862, May 1 Richmond VA Lee approves Jacksons plan for joint operations with Johnston west of Staunton Freeman
1862, May 2 Richmond VA Lee writes Johnston explaining that time was needed to evacuate Norfolk Freeman
1862, May 15 Valley of the James R. VA Lee inspects the James River defenses Freeman
1862, May 16 Richmond VA Lee writes Jackson telling him to drive the Federalists back toward the Potomac Freeman
1862, May 29 Richmond VA Lee rides out from Richmond to monitor the planned Confederate attack Freeman
1862, May 31 Johnstons HQ VA Lee rides out from Richmond to visit Johnston's headquarters Freeman
1862, May 31 on the way to Richmond VA Lee is appointed commander of the Army of Northern Virginia after Johnston is wounded Freeman
1862, June 1 Richmond VA Lee sends a letter to General Smith wishing him luck in battle. Lee assumes command of Army of Northern Virginia Freeman
1862, June 3 Mechanicsville VA Lee orders his chief engineers to look for the best position to fight a defensive battle Freeman
1862, June 3 Nine Mile Road VA Lee orders a council of war Freeman
1862, June 9 Richmond VA Lee changes his plans for the employment of Jackson Freeman
1862, June 11 Richmond VA Lee tells Jackson he is sending him reinforcements Freeman
1862, June 16 Mechanicsville VA Lee wants Jackson to come help in the battle for Richmond Freeman
1862, June 23 Mechanicsville VA Jackson arrives to talk to Lee. Lee and his generals decide on plan of battle and date for attack Freeman
1862, June 24 Mechanicsville VA Lee drafts his general order and has it distributed Freeman
1862, June 25 Mechanicsville VA Lee rides out along the Williamsburg Road to check out the situation after a Union attack Freeman
1862, June 26 Mechanicsville VA Lee fights the battle at Mechanicsville Freeman
1862, June 27 Gaines Mill VA Lee wins his first Civil War battle at Gaines' Mill, with a heavy price in casualties Freeman
1862, June 28 Hogan Family House VA Lee leaves Hogan house to renew the action at the battlefield. Makes plans for action and pursuit on the 29th Freeman
1862, June 29 Near Savage Station VA Lee issues orders to his commanders in preperation for battle on the 30th Freeman
1862, June 30 Savage Station VA Lee fights the battle of Savage's Station Freeman
1862, June 30 Fraysers Farm VA Lee fights the battle of Frayser's farm, misses a chance for a crushing blow to McClellan Freeman
1862, July 1 Malvern Hill VA Lee fights the battle of Malvern Hill, suffering heavy losses Freeman
1862, July 2 Malvern Hill VA Lee remains weary after the battle, not knowing if the Federals are still on Malvern Hill Freeman
1862, July 3 Poindexter House VA Lee dispatched troops to Shirley, Vrignia, with no success Freeman
1862, July 4   VA Lee rides to meet with Longstreet Freeman
1862, July 7   VA Lee publishes his order thanking the army for its service Freeman
1862, July 9 Dabbs House VA Lee puts his columns on the march towards camps near Richmond Freeman
1862, July 23 Richmond VA Lee works on the logistics of his plan to attack McClellan Freeman
1862, July 27 Richmond VA Lee orders A. P. Hill's division and a Louisiana brigade to Gordonsville to link up with Jackson Freeman
1862, August 6 near Malvern Hill VA Lee goes to the front in person and draws out the Confederate lines in a deliberate fashion, not hurried like before Freeman
1862, August 7 Richmond VA Lee gives discretion to Jackson concerning upcoming engagements Freeman
1862, August 13 Richmond VA Lee sends Longstreet with 10 brigades to go to Jackson's aid Freeman
1862, August 15 Richmond VA Lee leaves Richmond to go to Gordonsville Freeman
1862, August 16 Gordansville VA Lee writes Jefferson Davis stressing the importance of Northern Virginia in the upcoming campaigns Freeman
1862, August 20 Gordansville VA Lee orders his forces to march against Union General John Pope Freeman
1862, August 24   VA Lee receives some of Pope's captured papers and learns his enemy's troop strength and main battle plan Freeman
1862, August 25 Jefferston VA Lee completes orders for the upcoming battle Freeman
1862, August 27 Salem VA Lee and officers arrive in Salem, have close call with Federal Cavalry Freeman
1862, August 29 Gainesville-Centerville Turnpike VA Lee prepares plans concerning a possible Federal attack Freeman
1862, August 30 Gainesville-Centerville Turnpike VA Lee writes a report to Jefferson Davis. Makes plans to clear the Federals from Northern Virginia Freeman
1862, August 30 Gainesville-Centerville Turnpike VA Lee learns he has reinforcements coming. Federals launch an attack and are beaten back. Lee launches a counter-attack Freeman
1862, August 30 Groveton VA Lee writes Davis at 10 a.m. and tells him of the significant victory over the Federals at Bull Run Freeman
1862, August 31 Groveton VA Lee orders Jackson to attack the reaer of the Federal position. Lee has a fall and breaks his wrist. Word spreads throughout the battlefield, north and south, that Lee is wounded Freeman
1862, September 1 Groveton VA Lee is unable to pursue the Union army Freeman
1862, September 8 Frederick MD Lee sends a proclamation to the people of Maryland saying they are not forced to join the Confederacy, but will be welcomed if they do Freeman
1862, September 14 Near Sharpesburg MD Lee orders McLaw to take Harpers Ferry. Battle of South Mountain Freeman
1862, September 15 Near Sharpesburg MD Lee receives word from Jackson that Harpers Ferry has been taken Freeman
1862, September 17 Sharpsburg MD The battle of Antietam begins in the morning hours Freeman
1862, September 17 Sharpsburg MD Lee inspects, in the morning, the left flank under heavy attack, spies a straggeler and orders him shot, later countermands that order Freeman
1862, September 17 Sharpsburg MD Later in the morning, Lee inspects the center line and offers advise to Anderson and D. H. Hill, sees Hills horse shot out from under him Freeman
1862, September 17 Sharpsburg MD At 1 p.m., on the right flank, Lee orders his son, Robert, to return to the front with his unit and its one remaining gun Freeman
1862, September 17 Sharpsburg MD By nightfall, the battle is over. Lee has a meeting with his Generals, decides to stay and hold the line instead of withdrawing Freeman
1862, September 18 Sharpsburg MD Lee orders his men to withdraw across the Potomac Freeman
1862, September 20 Martinsburg WV Lee moves his command to the vicinity of Martinsburg Freeman
1862, October 2 Martinsburg WV Lee gives his congratulatory orders to his troops, praising their courage and fighting against a much larger Union force Freeman
1862, October 20 Martinsburg WV Lee orders the routes through the blue ridge examined Freeman
1862, October 22 Martinsburg WV Lee orders General John George Walker to go over the mountains to Upperville to defend agajnst enemy raids in that district Freeman
1862, October 26 Near Potomic River VA Lee writes his brother extolling the importance of victory and sacrifice Freeman
1862, October 28 Near Potomic River VA Lee splits army: Jackson to Charlestown, Longstreet with Lee to Culpeper Freeman
1862, November 10 Culpeper VA Lee learns that General Ambrose E. Burnside has taken over the Union army Freeman
1862, November 20 Fredericksburg VA Lee arrives in Fredericksburg Freeman
1862, November 23 Fredericksburg VA Lee lets civilians use the army's wagons when he orders the evacuation of Fredericksburg due to impending Union bombardment Freeman
1862 December 13 Fredericksburg VA Lee's forces inflicts heavy losses on Union troops. General Burnside withdraws after losing 12,653 men. Lee's losses total only 5,377.  
1863 May 1 Chancellorsville VA Fighting begins between Lee's forces and Union troops under Hooker. First shots fired at 11 in the morning.  
1863 May 2 Chancellorsville VA Jackson makes his famous flank attack at Chancellorsville at around 5:30 p.m. Jackson wounded by Confederate troops as he scouts for a night attack.  
1863 May 3 Chancellorsville Va Vicious fighting continues at Chancellorsville in what was one of the bloodiest days of the war. Union forces take Confederate poisitions at Mayre's Hieghts in Fredericksburg, but Lee's forces hold against Federal assaults.  
1863 May 4 Chancellorsville VA Confederates attack John Sedgwick's corps at around 6 p.m., with little success.   
1863 May 5 Chancellorsville VA Hooker calls a council of war and decides to withdraw.  
1863 May 6 Chancellorsville VA Union soldiers begin their retreat from Chancellorsville.  
1863 May 10 Chancellorsville VA Stonewall Jackson dies.  
1863 July 1 Gettysburg PA First day of battle at Gettysburg.  
1863 July 2 Gettysburg PA Battles for Big and Little Round Top at Gettysburg. Hood's division suffers heavy losses in the afternoon assaults. Confederates fail to take the high ground.  
1863 July 4 Gettysburg PA Final day of battle at Gettysburg. Lee orders frontal assault on Union lines. George Pickett, a division commander in Longstreet's corps, was chosen to lead the assault. "Pickett's Charge" was one of the most famous charges of the war, consisting of nine brigades, which numbered roughly 12,500 men. Confederates suffer 50% casualties. As Confederates returned to their lines, Lee takes the blame for asking too much of his troops.   
1864 May 5 The Wilderness VA First battle of Grant's Overland Campaign begins. Fighting takes place in Spotsylvania and Orange County, Virginia, on some of the same ground as the battle of Chancellorsville.  
1864 May 6 The Wilderness VA Fighting continues. General Longstreet is wounded by his own men in a morning attack. Longstreet will be out of action for months. Lee puts himself in great danger when he gets too close to the fighting. Texas troops take his horse and lead Lee back to safety.  
1864 May 7 The Wilderness VA Grant decides not to attack further in the Wilderness. He moves south by his left flank. Grant's casualties for two days of fighting number 17,666. He has suffered a major tactical defeat. Lee's losses are far less, but unknown. Lee anticipates Grant's next move: to Spotsylvania Court House.  
1864 May 8 Spotsylvania Court House VA First day of fighting. Union attacks on General Richard H. Anderson's lines prove unsuccessful.  
1864 May 9 Spotsylvania Court House VA Union and Confederate troops entrench and fortify their positions. Lee's entrenchments stretch for four miles.  
1864 May 10 Spotsylvania Court House VA Grant unleashes heavy attacks on the "Mule Shoe" salient in the Confederate position. Union colonel Emory Upton doesn't make his main assult until late in the day. Union forces suffer heavy losses all day, but Grant is encouraged by the progress made.  
1864 May 11 Spotsylvania Court House VA Lull in the fighting. Lee fears an attack may be made on Fredericksburg.  
1864 May 12 Spotsylvania Court House VA Heaviest day of fighting at Spotsylvania. Union forces make a large assault upon the "Mule Shoe." The fighting is some of the most intense of the Civil War, with much hand-to-hand fighting and unrelenting musketry. Gunfire levels the landscape. Heavy losses on both sides. Lee puts himself in danger when he fears a Union breakthrough. His troops again bring him to safety behind the lines.  
1864 June 3 Cold Harbor VA Grant makes a major assault at Cold Harbor and is repulsed with heavy losses. It is one of Lee's greatest tactical victories of the war, but he is unable to prevent Grant from moving further south.  
1864 July 30 Petersburg VA Battle of the Crater. Union forces, including large numbers of African American troops, are repulsed after a huge mine is exploded under the Confederate lines. General William Mahone saves the Confederate position. Many black soldiers are killed by Confederates while trying to surrender. The Union suffers 3,500 casualties. The stalemate at Petersburg continues.  
1865 April 9 Appomattox Court House VA Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia to U. S. Grant.  

 

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