Eleanor Agnes Lee

Date:
c. 1865-1870

The fifth child of Robert and Mary Lee, Agnes kept a diary in the 1850s documenting life at Arlington. It was later published. Growing Up in the 1850s: The Journal of Agnes Lee is still in print. Agnes was in love with a cousin, Orton Williams. It is believed that he proposed marriage to Agnes during the war but she turned him down. He was caught by Union troops while behind Union lines and executed as a spy. After the war Agnes moved to Lexington, VA with her parents. She died of cholera in 1873 at the age of 32.

Description (physical):

Paper. H 8.8 W 5.5 cm

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0008
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial

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

Mary Cusits Lee

Photograph of the oldest daughter of Robert and Mary Lee, Mary, nicknamed “Sister.” She was an independent woman and defied convention for women of her day and traveled the world after the Civil War. She lived the longest of all the children, surviving until the end of World War I in 1918.

Description (physical):

Paper. L 23, W 18 cm

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0010
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial