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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.


 

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308 East 79 Street

28 Aug. 1936.

My dear Mr. Stone,

 

You ask for a history of the Lee Star. Here it is.

General Robert E. Lee was a next door neighbour of my grandmother Mrs. John S. Triplett on lower Franklin Street in Richmond, Va. & was a constant guest in her house. My mother, Lizzie Campbell Triplett wished to have a button off Gen. Lee’s uniform after the Civil War was over, in 1865, & asked him for one. He told her he had more left, having given the last one to her sister Mary, afterwards Mrs. Phillip Haxall of Richmond. But, he said, he would give her a star & therewith took his pen knife & ripped one off.

It was taken abroad, to Switzerland by her uncle, & there set as you see it, with Gen. Les’s autograph engraved on the back. The button was also set in this way, & is the property of my son, C. Frederick Houston, Jr.  

In several lives of Gen. Lee there is mention of the general visiting at Mrs. Triplett’s house, & his younger daughter Mildred Lee was one of my mother’s bridesmaids.

This is well authenticated, & has been told me many times by my mother, who only died a little over two years ago.

Very sincerely yours,

Elizabeth Price Houston

 

 

Source: Digital copy of original letter, Robert E. Lee Collection, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript Archives & Rare Book Library, Emory University

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2019 January 24

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