From the 6 February 1884 issue of The New York Times.


The new colossal bronze statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, which the Henry & Bonnard Manufacturing Company, of this city, have just finished, is said to be the largest ever cast in this State. The figure stands 16 feet high on the plinth, is cast in six sections, and weighs in all nearly 7,000 pounds. The head alone weights 305 pounds. It represents Gen. Lee in an easy, natural position, standing erect with folded arms, as though overlooking the field of battle. He is dressed in full service uniform, with cavalry boots, and the sword strapped at his side measures eight feet from tip to hilt. The stars, according to his wish, are placed on the lapel of his coat instead of on the collar. The figure was modeled in the old State-house in New-Orleans by Mr. Alexander Doyle, of Moffitt & Doyle, this city. Work on the casting was begun last June, but it was suspended in order that Mr. J. Q. A. Ward’s statue of Washington might be completed for Evacuation Day. On Saturday the statue will be shipped in a huge box to New-Orleans, where it will be set in position in a public square on Washington’s Birthday. The entire cost has been defrayed by subscriptions in the South and in this city.