A Freedmen's school in Harpers Ferry

Date:
C. 1860s
Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.5.0007
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Drafting Set

Both Robert E. Lee and his oldest son, George Washington Custis Lee, were graduates of the US Military Academy, the finest engineering school in the country at the time. Drafting tools of this type were essential possessions of both men. R. E. Lee was an accomplished engineer. His improvements to the Mississippi River at St. Louis, Missouri saved that city from financial ruin and helped keep that “Gateway to the West” open. He also worked on fortifications in Savannah, GA, Baltimore, MD and New York City.

Description (physical):

Mahogany, brass, paper. L 21.8, D 12.7, H 4.8 cm

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0015
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial

The First Primary Reader

Date:
1859
Creator:
Brewster & Tileston, Boston

Handwritten inside cover, “Presented to Charlie E. Thorne by Brig. General DeRussy at Arlington House which was left by the Rebel Genl. R.E. Lee, July 1864.”

Description (physical):

Paper. L 17, W 10.5 cm

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0017
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial