Washington and Lee University

ROBERT E. LEE

AND
HIS FAMILY

BY
JOHN W. WAYLAND

The McClure Printing Company
Staunton, Va.
1951

COPYRIGHT, 1951
By the McClure Printing Company


Photo by Frank Dementi, Colonial Studio.

Stratford Hall, Westmoreland County, Virginia
Birthplace of Robert E. Lee


Contents

FORWARD
LIST OF PICTURES
MAPS
Chapter IOUTLINE OF GENERAL LEE'S LIFE
Chapter II“LIGHTHORSE HARRY”
Chapter IIIBOYHOOD AND EARLY LIFE
Chapter IVFROM 1831 TO 1861
Chapter VTHE YEARS OF WAR
Chapter VIFROM DERWENT TO LEXINGTON
Chapter VIITHE COLLEGE PRESIDENT
Chapter VIIIMRS. ROBERT E. LEE
Chapter IXGENERAL CUSTIS LEE
Chapter XGENERAL ROONEY LEE
Chapter XICAPTAIN ROBERT E. LEE
Chapter XIITHE DAUGHTERS
Chapter XIIIGLIMPSES
APPENDIXCHRONOLOGY (Including a Bibliography)
The Hero of the Pedregal

FOREWORD

Extended biographies of General Lee, detailing his military operations, have been published. This small volume is intended to present in a brief and convenient form an account of his life, with some items that are not generally familiar, along with sketches and pictures of other members of his family. Many additional items are tabulated for ready reference in the Chronology.

For assistance by numerous individuals I am very grateful, and to Dr. George Bolling Lee (now deceased) of New York City, Dr. Hazel Davis of Arlington, Va., Mr. Foster Mohrhardt and Miss Martha R. Cullipher, Librarians, and Professor Earle K. Paxton of Washington and Lee University, I make special acknowledgment; also to Messrs. Doubleday & Company, Inc., of New York City for permission to make quotations from “Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee,” by Captain Robert E. Lee, and to Messrs. Garrett & Massie of Richmond for permission to quote from Henry Boley's “Lexington in Old Virginia.”

A photograph of Stratford Hall, Westmoreland County, Va., General Lee's birthplace, reproduced in the Frontispiece, was supplied by the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation of Stratford; Mr. and Mrs. William B. Watkins kindly provided a photograph of their beautiful home, Annfield, in Clarke County, Va., the birthplace of Mrs. Lee; and Mrs. Rose MacDonald Skoggs of Berryville, Va., author of “Mrs. Robert E. Lee,” published in 1939 by Messrs. Ginn and Company.


LIST OF PICTURES

Stratford Hall
Home of General Henry Lee in Alexandria
Boyhood Home of Robert E. Lee
Airview of Arlington
Robert E. Lee at the end of the Mexican War
General Lee in Confederate Uniform
Derwent, in Powhatan County, Virginia
The Mountain House, Rockfish Gap
Plecker's Photo of Lee on Traveler
The First Home in Lexington
The New Home in Lexington
Miley's Photo of Lee on Traveler
General Lee about 1870
Mrs. Lee in Early Married Life
Mrs. Lee about 1865
General Custis Lee about 1875
General Custis Lee about 1897
Ann field, Mrs. Lee's Birthplace
General Fitzhugh (Rooney) Lee
Audley, near Berryville
Chimneys at Ravensworth
Captain Robert E. Lee
Mrs. Lee in Later Years
The Lee home in Richmond
Mary Custis Lee
Mildred Chiles Lee
Eleanor Agnes Lee
The Old Barn at Ravensworth


MAPS

Stratford Hall and Environs
The Ride to Lexington




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