General Robert E. Lee was the lead commander of the Confederate Army. Though often portrayed unfairly as a villain, he believed in prospering the confederacy. He respected President Abraham Lincoln and expressed regret at Lincoln's death. Even though he didn't believe in secession or slavery, he supported states rights. He was putting the Confederate States to freedom of its citizens. Originally, the confederacy only had poor teenagers with no fighting skills. However, Robert E. Lee created a better leadership for the army and showed more skills in order to give the army members better skills. He recruited many people, including slaves, which was rare at that time. He died in 1870.