Notes to Robert E. Lee on the Mississippi, by Rick Britton

“What a Beautiful Country It Is”
Robert E. Lee on the Mississippi

By Rick Britton

Notes

1.  Lee to Andrew Talcott, 11 October 1837, Talcott Papers, Virginia Historical Society (VHS), Richmond, Virginia.

2.  Frederick J. Dobney, River Engineers on the Middle Mississippi: A History of the St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Washington, D.C., 1978), 164.

3.  Douglas Southall Freeman, Robert E. Lee: A Biography (New York, 1934), 1:36.

4.  Letter of Benjamin Hallowell, quoted in Freeman, Lee, 1:46–47.

5.  Emory Thomas, Robert E. Lee: A Biography (New York, 1995), 47.

6.  The Engineer School, U.S. Army, History and Traditions of the Corps of Engineers (Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1953).

7.  Freeman, Lee, 1:75.

8.  Richard P. Weinert, Jr., Defender of the Chesapeake: The Story of Fort Monroe (Annapolis, 1978), pgs. 64–65

9.  Lee to Andrew Talcott, 2 February 1837, VHS: Talcott Papers.

10. Dobney, River Engineers, 24–25.

11. Armistead Lindsay Long, The Memoirs of Robert E. Lee (Secaucus, New Jersey, 1983), 41; Thomas, Lee, 87; Freeman, Lee, 1:140.

12. Lee to Andrew Talcott, 15 August 1837, VHS: Talcott Papers.

13. Lee to Mary Lee, 21 August 1837, Lee Family Papers, University of Virginia Archives, Charlottesville, Virginia.

14. Montgomery C. Meigs as quoted in Long, Memoirs, 41.

15. Lee to Andrew Talcott, 11 October 1837, VHS: Talcott Papers.

16. Lee to Mary Lee, 10 September 1837, VHS: Lee Family Papers.

17. Meigs as quoted in Long, Memoirs, 42.

18. Ibid.

19. Freeman, Lee, 1:147.

20. Ibid., 151; Thomas, Lee, 91; Dobney, River Engineers, 26.

21. Darby as quoted in Margaret Sanborn, Robert E. Lee: A Portrait (Philadelphia, 1966), 115.

22. Freeman, Lee, 1:152.

23. Lee to Andrew Talcott, 1 January 1839, VHS: Talcott Papers.

24. Freeman, Lee, 1:157–58.

25. Ibid., 170–71.

26. Ibid., 175–76.

27. Ibid., 174; Dobney, River Engineers, 28.

28. Darby as quoted in Freeman, Lee, 1:180.

29. Dobney, River Engineers, 28–31.

30. Freeman, Lee, 1:182.

31. Darby as quoted in Freeman, Lee, 1:182–83.

32. Meigs as quoted in Long, Memoirs, 44.

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