Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee, Jr.


[1] My brother’s place on the Pamunkey River, where the mare had been sent for save keeping.

[2] His pet name for my mother.

[3] His third daughter.

[4] His son, Custis.

[5] His appointment of Superintendent of the Military Academy carried with it the temporary rank of Colonel of Engineers.

[6] General William B. Taliaferro, commanding Virginia troops at Harper’s Ferry.

[7] Sydney Smith Lee, of the United States Navy, his brother.

[8] The Episcopal Convention of the Diocese of Virginia.

[9] Bishop Meade, of Virginia.

[10] His Brother, S. S. Lee, C.S.N.

[11] A cousin of Mrs. Fitzhugh.

[12] Miss Martha Custis Williams—second cousin of my mother, afterward Mrs. Admiral Carter, U.S.N.

[13] Major W. H. F. Lee—General Lee’s second son.

[14] John Augustin Washington, great-nephew of General Washington, and Mt. Vernon’s last owner bearing that name.

[15] Pet names for his two daughters, Mary and Mildred.

[16] Mr. Edward Carter Turner, of Kinloch, my father’s cousin.

[17] “Avenel,” The house of the Berbeleys, in Fauquier County.

[18] Eldest daughter of John Augustin Washington.

[19] His servant—had been in the dining-room at Arlington.

[20] His horse.

[21] A son of Mr. Edward Turner, of “Kinloch.”

[22] His cook—a servant from the White House.

[23] Doctor and Mrs. Richard Stuart.

[24] The home of the Fitzhughs, where my grandmother Custis was born.

[25] His two coloured servants.

[26] On account of the Trent affair.

[27] His first grandchild—son of my brother Fitzhugh. He died in 1863.

[28] “Four Years with General Lee.”

[29] His nephew.

[30] His daughter Mary, in King George County, within the lines of the enemy.

[31] “Fighting Joe” was Hooker’s most popular sobriquet in the Federal army.

[32] J. E. B. Stuart, commanding cavalry corps.

[33] Two sons and three nephews.

[34] His son, Major General Fitzhugh Lee.

[35] His daughters.

[36] General “Fitz” Lee, and his two brothers, Major John Mason Lee and Captain Henry Carter Lee.

[37] Mr. Charles Carter Lee, the General’s brother; Mr. William Carter, the General’s uncle.

[38] His second daughter.

[39] Longstreet.

[40] A. P. Hill.

[41] An invalid lady, in the yard of whose country place (“Violet Bank”) Lee’s tents were pitched.

[42] His pet name for my sister Mildred.

[43] His mess-steward.

[44] Junction of Southside and Danville Railroad.

[45] His old A.A.G.

[46] The “War Governor” of Virginia.

[47] A grandson of Chief Justice Marshall, and Lee’s military secretary.

[48] Mrs. Cocke’s second son, who lived with his mother at Oakley.

[49] The italics are Dr. Jones’s.

[50] Mrs. Cocke’s eldest son.

[51] Professor E. S. Joynes.

[52] Mrs. Chapman Leigh and Miss Belle Harrison, of Brandon, both very dear friends and cousins of my father.

[53] Mrs. Leigh’s.

[54] The father of Professor (or “Captain”) White.

[55] Our old pastor of Christ’s Church, Alexandria, the trusted friend of my grandmother and mother, who had baptised all the children at Arlington.

[56] The Virginia Military Institute, a State institution, modelled after the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, was located in Lexington, and its grounds adjoined those of Washington College. Since its foundation in 1839, unto this time, General F. H. Smith had been its superintendent.

[57] The “Brit” mentioned here is Mrs. Britannia Kennon, of “Tudor Place,” my mother’s first cousin. She had saved for us a great many of the household goods from Arlington, having gotten permission from the Federal authorities to do so, at the time it was occupied by their forces.

[58] Arlington, to that beloved home my mother still hoped to return.

[59] These were the names of some of my sister’s pet chickens.

[60] Commander of the canal packet.

[61] My father was not aware, when he wrote such explicit directions about the route, that Colonel Ellis had again put his boat at my mother’s service.

[62] My brother had recently visited Lexington.

[63] The cook.

[64] The cook.

[65] The maid.

[66] William Preston Johnston, the son of General Albert Sidney Johnston, who fell at Shiloh. He had recently been elected to the chair of History and Literature at Washington College.

[67] Daughter of General W. N. Pendleton, Chief of Artillery of the A.N.Va., and widow of Colonel Edwin Grey Lee, C.S.A.

[68] Daughters of Governor John Letcher—the War Governor of Virginia.

[69] I had written to him that they had destroyed all my hens.

[70] Professor Joynes in University Monthly.

[71] Her husband.

[72] My mother’s maid.

[73] The grandson of Nellie Custis, my grandfather’s sister, who married Lawrence Lewis, the favourite nephew of Washington.

[74] These relics were restored to the family in 1903 by the order of President McKinley.

[75] General John C. Breckenridge, of Kentucky, ex-secretary of War of the Confederate States, had two sons at Washington College at this time. One of them was since United States Minister at the Court of St. Petersburg.

[76] Mrs. S. S. Lee.

[77] Rockbridge Baths.

[78] General Lee’s eldest daughter.

[79] His daughter-in-law, Mrs. W. H. F. Lee.

[80] Mrs. Richard Stuart, of “Cedar Grove.”

[81] “Yearling” was a term that originated with us just after the war (when many of the students were ex-soldiers), to distinguish the real boys from the “Confeds.” From that expression, a professor came to be called a “leader of the herd.” It was a form of speech that we had kept up amongst ourselves.

[82] A Virginian—son of General St. George Cooke, of the Federal Army,
who commanded a North Carolina brigade in A. P. Hill’s corps, A.N.Va.

[83] “Mrs. Smith” and “Gus” were the names of two of the pet cats of my sister. “Gus” was short for Gustavus Adolphus.

[84] Miss Mary Stewart, of “Brook Hill,” afterward Mrs. Thomas Pinckney, of South Carolina.

[85] Corinne Lawton.

[86] This was the money that came to General Lee from his new edition of his father’s “Memoirs of the War in the Southern Department of the United States.”

[87] Attorney General in Mr. Davis’s cabinet.

[88] “Aunt M—” was Mrs. Fitzhugh of “Ravensworth,” and “Burke,” her manager; Cassius Lee, my father’s cousin; General S. S. Cooper, Adj. General of the C.S. armies; Mr. J. M. Mason, Senator in U.S. and C.S. Congress; the Bishop, Bishop Johns of Virginia, all at that time living on the “Hill”—or Seminary Hill—about two miles from Alexandria.

[89] [Mr. Francis L. Smith was my father’s lawyer. The matter referred to which caused the remark, “The prospect is not promising,” was the chance of getting back the estate of Arlington from the U.S. Government. Mr. Smith and Mr. Cassius Lee were my father’s advisers in this matter. “Nannie” was the widow of Captain S.S. Lee, my father’s brother.

[90] A well-known girls’ school at Staunton.

[91] The manager of the hotel.

[92] William Washington, a well known painter of that day, who was for a short time professor of painting and drawing at the Virginia Military Institute at Lexington.

[93] Miss Charlotte Haxall, afterward Mrs. Robert E. Lee, Jr., who died in 1872.

[94] Charles Carter, of “Goodwood,” Maryland, was my father’s first cousin. Mildred and Ella, two of his daughters.

[95] Mrs. Peter was a near cousin of my mother, and with her as a little girl our associations had been very near.

[96] Professors Wm. Allan and William Preston Johnston of Washington College. The former afterward principal of the McDonough School, near Baltimore, Maryland; the latter president of Tulane University, New Orleans.

[97] Mildred’s kitten.

[98] Colonel Edwin Grey Lee was a near cousin. He had distinguished himself in the late war. At its commencement he had volunteered, and was made a 2d lieutenant in the Second Virginia regiment, “Stonewall Brigade.” From that rank he quickly rose to be lieutenant colonel of the 33d Virginia, in the same brigade. In 1862 his health, which was very feeble, compelled him to resign, but after a short time he again entered the service, though he never became strong enough to serve actively in the field. General lee’s opinion of his abilities was very high.

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