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Susan Cumby, the director of Fort Ward, said negative feedback about the event has been scant.

“We are trying to acknowledge a great Virginian who claimed Alexandria as his home and teach people about local Civil War history,” she said.

Robert Edward Lee was born on Jan. 19, 1807, at Stratford Hall in Westmoreland County. But he was raised and educated in Alexandria until 1825, when he enrolled at West Point.

A career officer in the U.S. Army, Lee became one of the most successful Confederate generals after the outbreak of the Civil War, eventually commanding all of the South”s armies.

Lee died in Lexington, Va., in 1870 while he was serving as president of Washington and Lee University in Lexington.