From the 14 May 1899 issue of The New York Times.

NATIONAL CAPITAL TOPICS


THE ROBERT E. LEE MONUMENT

WASHINGTON, May 13.— . . . One of these days, if the ladies of the Robert E. Lee Monument Association succeed in raising the money, there will be erected near Arlington, the former home of the Confederate General, an equestrian statue designed to perpetuate properly the fame of the commander of the Army of Virginia. A few days ago a number of ladies interested in this project went over to Fort Myer and beyond, and upon their return it was announced that they had chosen a site est of the new Alexandria Court House and quite close to the Old Lee homestead at Arlington. The place chosen is near to the military road leading to Fort Myer and Arlington and accessible by an electric railway from this city.

Those Union soliders who imagined anxiously that the statue was to be put upon the Arlington reservation need not be longer concerned. There does not appear to be any notion of provoking a controversy by offering any such proposition, and it is extremely improbable that Government aid will be solicited to advance the statue. There are many Southern admirers of Gen. Lee living in the District of Columbia and Virginia who can and will contribute liberally to secure the funds necessary to employ the services of a good sculptor, and, while the enterprise may not be carried out speedily, the promoters of it are confident that it will not languish for lack of financial assistance and that the statue will be one that will artistically celebrate qualities which endeared Gen. Lee to the Southern people. It will be some years before this statue is ready to be inspected by visitors to Arlington. When it is on view it will be the first effigy of a hero on the rebellion side so near to the capital.