Who Are Some Famous Military Generals?


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Some famous military generals include General George Washington, General Robert E. Lee and General George S. Patton. These generals led troops during major wars in United States history. Washington served during the Revolutionary War, while Lee served during the Civil War and Patton served during World War II.

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General George Washington commanded the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Although his troops suffered a near-disastrous defeat in the Battle of New York and a harsh winter at Valley Forge in 1777, Washington and his men won key victories in Trenton and finally at Yorktown. He went on to become the first President of the United States.

General Robert E. Lee, although originally against the idea of secession, led the Confederate States of America's army of Northern Virginia against Union forces. Though his troops were frequently vastly outnumbered, Lee's cunning and tactics, along with the ineptness of Union generals, won his army numerous battles and frustrated the Union army for four years. He suffered a major defeat at the Battle of Gettysburg and surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse in April 1865.

During World War II, General George S. Patton's Western forces helped push the German army out of North Africa. His leadership with the Seventh Army helped liberate Sicily and push the Axis out of Italy. After D-Day, Patton and the Third Army liberated more than 81,522 square miles of European territory including Buchenwald concentration camp.

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