Terrestrial Globe

Date:
c.1800s
Creator:
Cary Brothers, London, England

This globe was found in the attic of Arlington House in 1928 during roof repair. Tradition has it that the globe has never left the property since the Lees lived there. This globe was probably used to teach world geography to Mrs. Lee as a girl and later to her own children. Since the Custises and Lees taught the enslaved people of Arlington, it is likely that they also used this globe.

Description (physical):

Papier-mâché, paper, gesso, gauze, brass, wood. H 42.5, D 42.5 cm (globe D 30 cm)

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0016
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Willie Marshall

Grand-nephew of Robert E. Lee, his grandmother was Anne Marshall, Robert E. Lee’s eldest sister. She was a staunch Unionist who was married to a judge in Baltimore, MD. Lee wrote a letter to Anne on the day he resigned from the US Army. The letter described, in very personal terms, his reasons for siding with Virginia against the US Government. He wrote, “With all my devotion to the Union and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home…I know you will blame me; but you must think as kindly of me as you can, and believe that I have endeavored to do what I thought right.”

Description (physical):

Paper. L 32.8, W 18.3 cm

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0012
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

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

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

Robert E. Lee

This photograph was taken while Lee was president of Washington College, now Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA.

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0005
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial

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

Martha [markie] Custis Williams

Date:
c. 1839
Creator:
Captain William G. Williams

This portrait of Markie was painted by her father when she was about twelve years old. It is believed to have hung in Markie’s room upstairs at Arlington House between 1853 and 1861. Markie, a favorite cousin of the Lee family, moved to Arlington to help care for the elderly George Washington Parke Custis after the death of his wife in 1853. She became a confidant of Robert E. Lee’s. An ardent Unionist, Markie nonetheless remained very close to her cousins throughout the Civil War and to the end of her life. During the war she rescued many items from the house to prevent their theft by Union soldiers.

Description (physical):

L 48.9, W 38.4, D 2.7 cm

Location:
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington,Virginia 22211
Identifier:
2010.0002.0011
Institution:
Arlington House-The Robert E. Lee Memorial