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    George Washington Custis Lee: ALS and Photographs. A fine group of items related to Robert E. Lee's son, George Washington Custis Lee. It includes a cabinet card of Lee in uniform, looking rather sad (Cook of Richmond back mark and photographer's credit on front), a cabinet card with gold beveled edges by Miley of Lexington, Virginia, a CDV by Miley signed "G. W. C. Lee" just below the portrait, a heavily retouched CDV of Lee in uniform with Anthony mark mark, and an 1876 Autograph Letter Signed with the transmittal envelope. The ALS is 8" x 10", two pages written on both sides of a single sheet of "Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va." stationery, September 16, 1876, to Colonel Charles Marshall. Marshall was Robert E. Lee's aide-de-camp from 1862 until Appomattox (he and Lee were the only Confederates present at the McLean farmhouse). During the war, he wrote all of Lee's official reports, most of his correspondence to Jefferson Davis as well as messages to the War Department. He was given access to Lee's papers after the war and worked on a biography of Lee, never completed. G. W. C. Lee was an aide to Jefferson Davis during the war and never saw any combat until the Battle of Sailor's Creek on April 6, 1865 where he was taken prisoner. He reluctantly succeeded his father as President of Washington & Lee University in 1870, serving until 1896 and seems to have had an unhappy existence. In the letter, he talks about "...papers relating to our late war. I replied that I had sent you everything of value... I should be very glad to have them in the safe keeping of the Southern Historical Society... you would probably allow copies to be taken of some papers of special value to the Society."

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    June, 2014
    7th Saturday
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