General Robert E. Lee was one of the most single-handedly best tacticians and generals of his time. Some may say that he was a reincarnate of other great leaders such as Hannibal and Napoleon, but he had in fact done more with less than what those people did. However, despite the many victories he had during the Civil War and his brilliance, General Robert E. Lee was forced to bow down due to overwhelming odds that the Union army brought. Robert E. Lee was born in Virginia on January 19th, 1807 to an aristocratic family. He graduated from the Military Academy at West Point and married Mary Custis. When the Mexican War began Lee was assigned to Winfield Scott’s regimen and served amazingly there proving his brilliance after a long wait to finally reach this moment in his life. As a result of his exploits during the Mexican War, Lee was considered one of the most courageous and most intelligent of the officers during that time.