From the 4 August 1872 issue of The New York Times.

Robert E. Lee’s Monument.

The Richmond Enquirer translates from the Anzieger, of the same city, a description of the monument to Robert E. Lee, the cast of which is now in the studio of the sculptor, Edward V. Valentine, and from the translation the following is taken:

It is after the pure, strong school of Berlin, and when the committe in Lexington, which gave the order to Mr. Valentine, left to him the entire execution of it, the artist followed the impulse of his own idea. The simplicity of the work, the calm, quiet rest with which it has been treated, contribute greatly to the deep impression it exercises over the beholder.

The General lies upon a sarcophagus, the upper part of the body slightly raised, in a gentle slumber; his right hand rests upon his breast, his left on his sword, the hilt of which is only seen, as the lower portion of the body is covered with a light coverlid under which only the point of the scabbard is apparent. The light and graceful drapery does not conceal the lines of the body. Mr. Valentine has especially succeeded in preserving the warm and living impression of the body. It is not the countenance of death which he has modeled; they are the features of a modest, man-loving, strong man who dreams of his good deeds, with a scarcely perceptible smile playing round his mouth. Indeed, it is Gen. Lee as he was—as the people of the South knew him. Valentine’s work has nothing of the cold disconsolate look of death; the artist has animated it with the warm breath of peace.