Today in U.S. military history: the Red Baron, Gen. Lee, and Marines in Mexico

Today in U.S. military history: the Red Baron, Gen. Lee, and Marines in MexicoUnto the Breach ^ | 20 Apr 2017 | Chris Carter Posted on 4/20/2017, 3:11:52 PM by fugazi1861: Col. Robert E. Lee, considered for a top command by Gen. Winfield Scott (whom Lee served as a chief aide during the Mexican-American War), and having just rejected an offer of command in the Confederate Army, reluctantly resigns his commission in the U.S. Army following the secession of his home state of Virginia.

In three days, Lee takes command of Virginia state forces – one of the first five generals appointed to the Confederate Army.Meanwhile, Norfolk Navy Yard is abandoned and burned by Union forces to prevent it from falling into enemy hands after Virgnia’s secession.

The Confederates would do the same when they abandon the shipyard in May 1862.1914: Following the arrest of U.S. sailors in Veracruz and the discovery of an illegal arms shipment from Germany to Gen. Victoriano Huerta’s regime, Pres. Woodrow Wilson obtains Congress’ approval to occupy the Mexican port. The following day, Marines and Naval “Bluejacket” infantry sieze…

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