Robert E. Lee and His Children
Virginia Louise Lee

Notes
[Chapter 6]

1. Freeman, Lee, Vol. I, p. 190, 198 (R. E. Lee, Jr., in 1843 and Mildred in 1846).

2. F. Lee, Gen. Lee, p. 41, R. E. Lee to Custis Lee, 25 April 1847.

3. Freeman, R. E. Lee, Vol. I, p. 305.

4. Ibid., pp. 316, 351–359, for an evaluation of this experience; and Maurice, Lee the Soldier, pp. 38–39, for his estimation of the future value of this experience.

5. R. E. Lee, Recollections, pp. 14–15.

6. Ibid., pp. 17–18; Freeman, R. E. Lee, Vol. I, p. 346, for one student’s appraisal of him as a commanding officer; the official West Point histories cover the changes made there during his tenure.

7. Evidently he and Custis did not attend the funeral for in a letter to Rooney, Custis says, “But whether or not she is buried at Arlington, neither Pa nor myself have been able to find out.” Ltr dtd. 1 May 1851, Lee MSS, Virginia Historical Society. However, Agnes had previously written to Rooney, also in New York, that their grandmother was “buried the same day she died, at 12 o’clock, on the grounds at Arlington, near the gate leading to meeting, by two old trees.” Ltr dtd 27 Apr. 1853, Lee MSS, Virginia Historical Society. The graves of both Mr. and Mrs. Custis, appropriately marked, are still there.

8. Christ Church Parish MSS, 1833–1846, passim. Six of the Lee children were baptized in this church, only Agnes being baptized at Arlington.

9. Freeman, R. E. Lee, Vol. I, p. 360; Army Register, 1856, p. 32.

10. Robert’s children inherited the Lee intellect, all had fine minds and were good students. A report card for Agnes from this institute shows she got a 6, the highest grade, in every subject. The report was found in her room at Arlington by a Federal soldier quartered there after the Lees vacated, and taken home by him. Later recovered, it is now in the Lee MSS, Virginia Historical Society. See Appendix II for a true copy of this report card.

11. F. Lee, General Lee, p. 61, R. E. Lee to Mrs. R. E. Lee, 1 Sept. 1856, and p. 68, op. cit., R. E. Lee to Mrs. R. E. Lee, 19 April 1857.

12. Bradford, Lee the American, pp. 281–282.

13. Supra, p. 62.

14. Freeman, R. E. Lee, Vol. I, pp. 361–362, R. E. Lee to Agnes Lee, 11 Aug. 1855.

15. F. Lee, General Lee, p. 67, R. E. Lee to Mildred Lee, 27 Mar. 1857.

16. Mason, Popular Life, p. 63.

17. Freeman, R. E. Lee, Vol. I, p. 377, Vol. IV, pp. 272–273. Major Chilton was to become Lee’s Chief of Staff in the Confederate forces.

18. Jones, L and L, pp. 100–101, R. E. Lee to Custis Lee, 30 May 1859: “I have no enjoyment in life now, but what I derive from my children.”

19. Mason, Popular Life, p. 70, R. E. Lee to Mrs. Lee, 23 Jan. 1861.

20. Cullum, Biog. Register, Vol. I, p. 338.

21. Supra, p. 63; Alexandria Gazette, 20 April 1861.

22. F. Lee, General Lee, p. 93, R. E. Lee to Mrs. Lee, 30 April 1861.

23. R. E. Lee, Recollections, pp. 55–56, R. E. Lee to Mildred Lee, 15 Nov. 1861.

24. R. E. Lee, Recollections, pp. 55–56, R. E. Lee to Annie and Agnes Lee, 22 Nov. 1861.

25. Mason, Popular Life, pp. 90–91, R. E. Lee to one of his daughters, 25 Dec. 1861.

26. Ibid., R. E. Lee to Mildred Lee, 26 Feb. 1862.

27. Freeman, R. E. Lee, Vol. II, p. 254; Battles and Leaders, Vol. II, p. 277, for the journey through the lines and the story of the Lee tomatoes.

28. Taylor, Four Years, pp. 76–77.

29. Jones, Reminiscences, pp. 395–400, for some of his letters to her. They reveal Lee in his most human moments, tender and gently humorous.

30. Chestnut, Diary from Dixie, p. 335.

31. Ibid., p. 342; supra, p. 68.

32. MacDonald, Mrs. R. E. Lee, pp. 173–174; Freeman, R. E. Lee, Vol. II, p. 214.

33. MacDonald, Mrs. R. E. Lee, pp. 175–177; Chesnut, Diary from Dixie, p. 303.

34. Ibid., p. 385; F. Lee, General Lee, p. 26; Alfred Hoyt Bill, The Beleagured City (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946), pp. 157–158; R. E. Lee, Recollections, p. 141

35. F. Lee, General Lee, p. 325, R. E. Lee to Mrs. R. E. Lee, 2 April 1864.

36. Jones, L and L, p. 318, R. E. Lee to Mildred Lee, 24 July 1864.

37. R. E. Lee, Recollections, pp. 139–140, R. E. Lee to Mildred Lee, Nov. 1864.

38. Ibid., p. 141, R. E. Lee to Mrs. R. E. Lee, 17 Dec. 1864.

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