He was the son of Henry Lee and Ann Carter. He married Mary Ann Curtis by whom he had seven children.
He was Superintendent of USMA, West Point, NY when JW was a cadet there. He became Commander in Chief of the Confederate Army. He is best known for his victories in the Battle of second Manassas (second Bull Run, 30 August 1862), Fredericksburg, VA (December 1862), Chancellorsville (May 1863), and his defeat at Gettysburg (1-4 July 1863). He spent his last years 'advocating acceptance of defeat and rebuilding of the South.'
Who Was Who in America, pp. 309-10; Cullum Memorial Edition, Register of Graduates and former cadets, United States Military Academy, West Point, 1980; E. M. Thomas, Robert E. Lee, A Biography, New York, 1995.