Mildred Childe Lee

Date:
c. 1866-1870
Creator:
Boude & Miley, Photographers, Lexington, VA

Black and white photograph of Robert and Mary Lee's youngest daughter. Mildred, nicknamed “Precious Life” by her father, was still a child at the beginning of the Civil War. During the war she cared for her invalid mother and made clothing and bandages for Confederate soldiers. After the war she went with her parents to Lexington, VA. Like her sisters, Mildred never married. She said that no other man ever measured up to her father.

Description (physical):

Paper. H 8.8 W 5.5 cm

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0009
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial

George Washington Custis Lee

Date:
1870-1875
Creator:
Miley, Lexington, VA

This carte-de-visite depicts Lee as president of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA. George Washington Custis Lee, eldest son of Robert E. and Mary Lee, became president of newly renamed Washington and Lee University after the death of his father in 1870. Custis Lee served for over twenty years as president. During that time he fought the US Government in court over compensation for the seizure of the Arlington Estate. He won his case in 1882 and received $150,000, the modern equivalent of approximately $3 million.

Description (physical):

Paper. W 6.3, L 10.4 cm

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0007
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Robert E. Lee Jr.

The photograph shows Robert E. Lee Jr. , the third son, sometime after the end of the Civil War. Robert Jr. became important in the Robert E. Lee historiography in the 1890’s with the publication of his Recollections and Letters of General Lee, an intimate memoir of his father. It is the only book about Robert E. Lee written by one of his immediate family.

Description (physical):

Paper, brass [framed]. H 13, W 10

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0006
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Robert E. And Mary Lee

Date:
c. 1860s

Engravings of Robert E. and Mary Lee during their last years together. Both were in poor health in their declining years. Mary had rheumatoid arthritis and Robert had heart disease. Robert E. Lee, in particular, aged rapidly during his time at Washington College. The physical and emotional stress of the war had taken a devastating toll on his health. He died of a stroke on Oct. 12, 1870 at the age of 63. Mary Lee lived three more years, and died at 65.

Description (physical):

Wood, brass. W 28.2, L 23 cm

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0004
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Mary Lee

Date:
c. 1861-1870

Tinted photograph of an engraving that shows Mrs. Lee during or after the Civil War.

Description (physical):

Paper. L 10.8, W 6.4 cm

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0003
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Mrs. Robert E. Lee

Date:
c. 1871-1872

This carte-de-visite is inscribed "Mrs. Genl. Lee, Mary Custis Lee, April 23rd 1880 [sic]". "L.L.S."

Description (physical):

Paper. W 6.3, L 9.6 cm

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0002
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Harper's Ferry, As Evacuated by the Confederate Troops

Date:
July 6, 1861
Publisher/Studio:
Harper's Weekly

This reproduction of a print in Harper's Weekly shows a view of the confluence of the Potomac and the Shenandoah Rivers to the east of Harper's Ferry. Soldiers mull about; a lone cannon sits in the foreground. Confederates moved the arms stored at the Harpers Ferry arsenal to a more secure location in the Confederate capital of Richmond in 1861. The Confederate and Union armies would meet near the city for the Battle of Harpers Ferry on September 12-15, 1862.

Description (physical):

H: 8", W: 10"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0002.0006
Institution:
American Heritage Archives

Hooker's Corps Crossing Antietam Creek

Creator:
Edwin Forbes (1839-1895)

This reproduction of a print by American landscape painter and etcher Edwin Forbes (1839-1895) shows soldiers under the command of Major General Joseph Hooker crossing Antietam Creek. At the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, his corps launched the first assault of the bloodiest day in American history, driving south into the corps of Lt. Gen. Stonewall Jackson, where they fought each other to a standstill. Hooker, aggressive and inspiring to his men, left the battle early in the morning with a foot wound. He asserted that the battle would have been a decisive Union victory if he had managed to stay on the field, but General McClellan's caution once again failed the Northern troops and Lee's much smaller army eluded destruction.

Description (physical):

H: 6 1/2", W: 9 1/4"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0002.0007
Institution:
American Heritage Archives

Destruction of the Railroad Bridge over the Potomac, at Harper's Ferry, by the Rebels, June 15, 1861

Date:
June 15, 1861
Publisher/Studio:
Harper's Weekly

This reproduction of a print in Harper's Weekly shows soldiers observing an explosion on a railroad bridge in Harpers Ferry. Confederates moved the arms stored at the Harpers Ferry arsenal to a more secure location in the Confederate capital of Richmond in 1861. The Confederate and Union armies would meet near the city for the Battle of Harpers Ferry on September 12-15, 1862.

Description (physical):

H: 8", W: 10"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0002.0008
Institution:
American Heritage Archives

The 17th Regiment Penna Volunteers - Col. Patterson - Crossing The Monocassie River

Creator:
A. Lawrie

A reproduction of a painting in which troops under Colonel Francis E. Patterson, Robert O. Tyler, and William A. Leech cross the Monocacy River on the way to the Battle of Antietam (September 17, 1862).

Description (physical):

H: 6 3/4", W: 9 5/8"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0002.0024
Institution:
American Heritage Archives