• The Lees of Virginia
  • The Lees of Virginia
  • The Lees of Virginia
  • The Lees of Virginia

The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



"Lee," by R. H. Dykers


by R. H. Dykers, Waynesville, NC

Written for Confederate Veteran



He fought the fight to finish,

And his soldier work is done;

Lee ever stands immortal!

Freedom’s model of a son.


As in the day of battle,

Or on his great retreat,

The center of attraction;

We come, our Lee to meet.


We’ve tried to mould his features,

To clothe him with a form;

To hold him up for men to see

How much he can adorn.


He came not home triumphant,

But a hero he did come;

With honor pure, unsullied,

And a love excelled by none.


No pathway strewn with flowers,

Welcomed Lee back from the war,

But an anguish for his country

And the ruined homes he saw.


He, who could stand undaunted

‘Midst the crash and clang of arms,

Grew grander when, disabled,

Leading comrades to their farms.


For he tread the path of duty,

And he won respect and fame,—

The proudest wreath of laurels

That a mortal man can claim.


’Tis not the smoke of battle,

The carnage, or the flame;

But we hold our Lee close to us,—

We love to call his name.


And we tell all we know of him;

And the nation yet unborn

Shall learn to know and love him

Like the fathers that have gone.





Source: Confederate Veteran, Volume 1 (1893), p. 40.



Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 March 8

George Washington's Wooden Teeth: Sinking Your Teeth into History

Writings about the Lee Family

Title Author Date
Lives of Lee and Sumter Cecil B. Hartley 1859
Report of the Battle of Chancellorsville Robert E. Lee 1864
Reminiscences of the Last Days, Death and Burial of General Henry Lee Charles C. Jones, Jr. 1870
The Campaigns of Robert E. Lee A. H. Guernsey 1871
General Robert E. Lee, The Christian Soldier Judith Brockenbrough McGuire 1873
The Falling Flag: Evacuation of Richmond, Retreat and Surrender at Appomattox Edward M. Boykin 1874
Four Years with General Lee Walter H. Taylor 1877
Ceremonies Connected with the Inauguration of the Mausoleum and the Unveiling of the Recumbent Figure John W. Daniel 1883
Ceremonies Connected with the Unveiling of the Statue of General Robert E. Lee Hon. Chas. E. Fenner 1884
Eulogy of Robert E. Lee Charles E. Fenner 1884
The Camp-Fires of General Lee, fromthe Penisula to Appomatox Court-House Edward S. Ellis 1886
With Lee in Virginia: A Story Of The American Civil War G. A. Henty 1890
The Life of Gen. Robert E. Lee, For Children, In Easy Words Mary L. Williamson 1895
Robert E. Lee and the Southern Confederacy 1807-1870 Henry Alexander White 1897
Robert E. Lee William P. Trent 1899
The Life Of General Robert E. Lee G. Mercer Adam 1905
Robert E. Lee as General in the Confederate Army Henry E. Shepherd, M.A., LL.D. 1906
American Crisis Biographies. Robert E. Lee Pjilip Alezxander Bruce, L.L.D. 1907
Lee and His Cause John R. Deering 1907
Robert E. Lee, The Southerner Thomas Nelson Page 1908
Lee the American Gamaliel Bradford 1912
Stratford Hall and the Lees Connected with Its History Frederick Warren Alexander 1912
The Forged Letter of General Robert E. Lee Charles A. Graves 1914
The Strategy of Robert E. Lee J. J. Bowen 1914
The Life of Robert E. Lee for Boys and Girls J. G. De Roulhac Hamilton and Mary Thomson Hamilton 1917
The Heart of Lee Wayne Whipple 1918
The Soul of Lee Randolph H. McKim 1918
Robert E. Lee: A Story and a Play Ruth Hill 1920
Robert E. Lee: Soldier, Patriot, Educator Lee Memorial Fund 1921
An Aide-De-Camp of Lee Charles Marshall 1927
Robert E. Lee in Texas Carl Coke Rister 1946
Robert E. Lee: Knight of the South Isabel McLennan McMeekin 1950
Robert E. Lee and His Family John W. Wayland 1951
Custis-Lee Mansion: The Robert E. Lee Memorial National Park Service 1968
William Lee: Militia Diplomat Alonzo T. Dill 1976
Robert E. Lee: Commemorative Essays on the Bicentennial of His Birth Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation 2007
General Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg, Penna Henry S. Moyer n.d.


Title   Author Date
From the issues of The New York Times      
Ceremonies Connected with the Unveiling of the Statue of General Robert E. Lee   Hon. Chas. E. Fenner 1884
Eulogy of Robert E. Lee   Charles E. Fenner 1884
Generals Lee and Grant   E. D. Keyes 1884
General Lee   Wolseley 1886
Sketch of General Robert E. Lee   C. B. Richardson 1886
Governor Fitzhugh Lee   R. A. Brock 1888
Robert E. Lee   Jefferson Davis 1890
Robert E. Lee   Nathan Burnham Webster 1890
Two Interviews with Robert E. Lee   W. W. Page 1890
Lee   R. H. Dykers 1893
Fitz Lee to the Front!   Fred J. Nelson 1898
100 Years Ago     1907
Brief Biographies from the Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography   ed. Lyon Gardiner Tyler 1915
Lincoln and Lee in 1918, from The Nation   Charles E. Payne 1918

Reference Shelf

Data Collections

About the Project

Website by Fresh Look Web Design
Copyright 2014 All Rights Reserved