Robert E. Lee and His Children
Virginia Louise Lee

Notes
[Chapter 2]

1. C. G. Lee, Lee Chronicle, frontispiece, the Lee coat of arms, in color.

2. Mrs. Mary Powell, History of Old Alexandria (Richmond, Virginia: William Byrd Press, 1928), is an invaluable repository of details of life in the Alexandria of Lee’s boyhood.

3. Ibid., p. 162.

4. Rosa Wells, General Lee, a Great Friend of Youth (hereinafter referred to as Lee, Friend) (New York: Vantage Press, 1950), pp. 70–71.

5. Emily V. Mason, Popular Life of General Robert Edward Lee (hereinafter referred to as Popular Life) (Baltimore: John Murphy & Co., 1872), p. 49.

6. Powell, History of Alexandria, p. 235.

7. Freeman, R. E. Lee, Vol. I, p. 19.

8. Ibid.

9. Ibid., pp. 29–30; Powell, History of Alexandria, pp. 255–256.

10. E. J. Lee, Lee of Virginia, p. 403.

11. Alexandria Gazette, 5 May 1869.

12. J. William Jones, Personal Reminiscences, Anecdotes and Letters of General Robert E. Lee (hereinafter referred to as Reminiscences) (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1875), p. 176, R. E. Lee to Gen. Corse, et. al., 18 March 1870.

13. Freeman, R. E. Lee, Vol. I, p. 30.

14. Ibid.

15. Powell, History of Alexandria, pp. 151–155, for a history of the academy; Jones, Reminiscences, p. 365, R. E. Lee to W. B. Leary, 15 Dec. 1866.

16. Freeman, R. E. Lee, Vol. I, p. 40.

17. Ibid., pp. 37–45, relates the whole story of the decision, application and acceptance. There seems to be no verifiable evidence that Robert’s choice alone determined the decision and opinon varies as to how much financial circumstances influenced it. For several viewpoints on this see Long, Memoirs, pp. 27–28; F. Lee, General Lee, 22–23; Jones, Reminiscences, p. 28; Winston, R. E. Lee, p. 22; Frederick Maurice, Robert E. Lee, The Soldier (hereinafter referred to as Lee, Soldier) (Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1925), p. 9.

18. Mason, Popular Life, p. 25.

19. H. Lee, Memoirs, p. 63, Henry Lee to Carter Lee, 9 Feb. 1817.

20. Riley, Lee After Appomattox, p. 222, from R. E. Lee’s favorite hymn.

21. Walter H. Taylor, Four Years with General Lee (hereinafter referred to as Four Years) (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1877), p. 77.

22. Wells, Lee, Friend, p. 47, for picture of Anne Lee; W. H. Carter, et. al., “A Lee Miscellany,” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, XXXIII (Jan. 1925), 371–382, relates the discovery of the picture in Europe by Miss Mildred Lee, but for a complete story on this subject see Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7 June 1958. The original portrait now hangs in the Lee Chapel, Lexington, Virginia.

23. Freeman, R. E. Lee, Vol. I, pp. 89–90, Anne Lee to Carter Lee, 10 Apr. 1827.

24. Mason, Popular Life, p. 22.

25. Ibid.; F. Lee, General Lee, p. 21.

26. D. S. Freeman, “Lee and the Ladies,” Scribner’s Magazine, (Oct. 1925), 342–343.

27. Mason, Popular Life, pp. 22–23, gives this illustrative description of Robert with his mother.

28. Eben Swift, “The Military Education of Robert E. Lee,” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, XXXV (April 1927), 98–160, presents the obvious viewpoint that Robert E. Lee became a soldier by choice, primarily because of his father’s influence and this background, and not because of straitened family circumstances.

29. Freeman, R. E. Lee, Vol. I, p. 22.

30. H. Lee, Memoirs, p. 65, Henry Lee to Carter Lee, 9 Feb. 1817.

31. Ibid., p. 60, Henry Lee to Carter Lee, 30 Sept. 1816.

32. Ibid., p. 63, Henry Lee to Carter Lee, 9 Feb. 1817.

33. Ibid., pp. 57–58, passim.

34. Ibid., p. 70, Henry Lee to Carter Lee, 5 May 1817.

35. Ibid., p. 45; F. Lee, General Lee, p. 12; Jones, L and L, pp. 125–126.

36. Gamaliel Bradford, Lee the American (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1912), p. 36.

37. Freeman, R. E. Lee, Vol. I, p. 33.

38. Ibid., p. 141–142.

39. Ibid., pp. 97–98.

40. Long, Memoirs, p. 23.

41. R. E. Lee, Recollections, p. 61, R. E. Lee to Mrs. R. E. Lee, 18 Jan. 1862.

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