There are many myths surrounding the man Robert E. Lee. The West Point graduate had a distinguished career in the United States military. The Civil War would alter his course and leave him one of the most controversial people in history.
He was a complex person. His positions on secession and slavery sometimes seemed in direct juxtaposition to each other. He opposed secession, yet refused a command in the US Army to remain loyal to Virginia, subsequently becoming the General of the Confederate Army. He was generally opposed to slavery yet he was a slave owner. These slaves, however, were inherited slaves.