Talk:Robert E. Lee

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Former good article nomineeRobert E. Lee was a History good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
Article milestones
September 13, 2006WikiProject A-class reviewNot approved
November 21, 2007Good article nomineeNot listed
Current status: Former good article nominee


Could an established editor please add the well-documented height (5 ft 10 12 in (1.79 m)[1]) of Robert E. Lee? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:16, 27 March 2017‎ (UTC)

  1. ^ Freeman, Douglas Southall (1934). "R. E. Lee: A Biography". "He was then aged fifty-six, florid, about 5 feet 10½ inches in height, and weighed about 165 pounds." Retrieved from*.html.

Improvements for Robert E. Lee Military Service[edit]

It is not correct that Robert E. Lee spent the majority of his time in northern or border states. His first assignment out of the military academy was in Savannah, GA where he helped coordinate the construction of forts for many years. Also he was stationed in LA for long periods of time fighting in the Mexican-American War. This should be changed as you used the fact that he did not live in far southern state so he could not relate the real slavery. Actually Virginia his home state was large in plantation cropping and slavery. His domain of living did not have any outlook on his view on slavery. It was the basic moral of his religion that showed that slavery was not a sustainable attribute as America grew past these futile times. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:39, 27 April 2017‎ (UTC

Please add category[edit]

In light of all the discussion of white supremacy in this article, the absence of Category:White supremacists is striking. Please add the category that is appropriate to reflect his white supremacist views discussed in this article. (talk) 15:32, 29 May 2018 (UTC)

Lede/body consistency[edit]

A couple of months ago, there were major changes done to the body, but also a re-write of the lede (see discussions above and in the archives for various content disputes related to this). One editor is now disputing that the final paragraph of the lede adheres to WP:LEDE. More specifically, the concern seems to be that the text in the lede does not summarize anything in the body. User:Neutrality wrote the lede if I recall correctly, so I'm pinging that user. Snooganssnoogans (talk) 22:14, 2 July 2018 (UTC)

The lead section seems fine as it is. The material generally reflects the body. To the extent that some material may not be in the body, the correct remedy is to add that material to the body rather than to remove it from the lead. Neutralitytalk 22:59, 2 July 2018 (UTC)

Did Lee free his own slaves?[edit]

If so, that seems like it would go into the slavery section. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:05, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

As I remember, Lee provided for freeing his slaves in his will on setting out for the Mexican American War, and during the Civil War, he freed his slaves at Arlington prior to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 16:12, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
Have the book if you need a citation....but here's an article with a pic from the book.... [ New York Times.--Moxy (talk) 20:17, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Lee's List of Battles[edit]

It is slightly concerning to me to see how biased Lee's actions are against Grant when referencing the Overland Campaign. The description of the Battle of the Wilderness is fine, but Grant put up mass casualties against Lee at Spotsylvania Courthouse. It was not a tactical loss for Grant; he maneuvered against Lee's flank after exposing it. He did the same at the Wilderness. They do not even mention the Battle of Totopotomoy Creek. Grant decisively beat Lee both tactically and strategically in this battle. Next, is the 3rd battle of Petersburg. They mention nothing about how Grant was able to break the lines against Lee after Lee launched a disastrous offensive at Five Forks. Finally, they do not mention anything about Lee's retreat from Petersburg. They simply say how his army went home. I am glad they call it a defeat (finally), but they need to do a better job within the description. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2605:6000:3F4E:DC00:E9AE:5E53:76D6:EF12 (talk) 19:17, 7 November 2018 (UTC)