January 31, THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

January 31, 1865 – American Civil War: Confederate General Robert E. Lee becomes general-in-chief. In the United States, the term “general in chief” was used to refer to the Commanding General of the United States Army, who was the ground force’s senior-most officer. During the American Civil War, General Robert E. Lee was appointed “General in chief of the Armies of the Confederate States”

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