Guide to the Robert E. Lee Papers, 1749-1975
Family and military correspondence of Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), Confederate general in chief; and of his descendants; and a few letters of Francis Lightfoot Lee, Richard Henry Lee, Henry Lee, and Mary Ann Randolph (Custis) Lee. The letters deal with many phases of Robert E. Lee's life from his marriage in 1832 until his death, including family and personal affairs, especially in his letters to a cousin, Mrs. Anna M. Fitzhugh; settlement of the Custis estate; and improvements at Arlington. During the Civil War the correspondence consists of official and family letters, the former containing much information on military activities. The postwar letters reveal details of domestic arrangements following the family's removal to Lexington, Virginia. One volume contains 295 telegrams (collected and arranged by C. C. Jones, Jr., and published: D. S. Freeman, Lee's Dispatches, New York, 1915) sent by Lee from the field to Jefferson Davis and the Confederate War Department, many having been endorsed by James A. Seddon. These dispatches relate to troop movements, reports of the intelligence service, skirmishes, enemy activities, transportation of prisoners and wounded men, and other details of military operations. Included also are two scrapbooks of "Memorials to Lee"; a small notebook in R. E. Lee's hand, 1857-1860, containing amounts of meat purchased for the Arlington household; and a letterpress book of Robert E. Lee III, a lawyer of Washington, D.C.
(Description from: Guide to the Cataloged Collections in the Manuscript Department of the William R. Perkins Library, Davis, Richard C., and Miller, Linda Angle, 1980)
- Robert E. Lee Papers, 1749-1975
- Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870
- 199 Items and 5 Vols.
- Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library Durham, North Carolina 27708-0185
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Includes use copies of all material in Box 1A.
Includes 295 telegrams bound into one volume.
Includes a small notebook in R. E. Lee's hand, 1857-1860; a message from Thomas Lee of Williamsburg, Va. to the House of Burgesses, 1749; and a copy of R. E. Lee's last will and testament.
Scrapbook chiefly contains newspaper clippings and has bookplate of Charles C. Jones, Jr., Augusta, Ga.
Scrapbook chiefly contains engravings of Lee and newspaper clippings; has bookplate of Charles C. Jones, Jr., Augusta, Ga.
Grant, signed by Gov. Henry Lee of Va., for a parcel of land in Montgomery County given to Alexander Stewart near the headwaters of Island Creek and commonly known as "Three Forks."
- Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial (Va.).
- Confederate States of America.--Army--Officers--Correspondence.
- Confederate States of America--History, Military.
- Confederate States of America.--War Dept.
- Fitzhugh, Ann M.
- Lee family.
- Lee, Francis Lightfoot, 1734-1797.
- Lee, Henry, 1756-1818.
- Lee, Mary Ann Randolph Custis.
- Lee, Richard Henry, 1732-1794.
[Identification of item], Robert E. Lee Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
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