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    Robert E. Lee Certification of Receipt Signed "R E Lee" as a captain of engineers. One page, 8" x 2.75", n. p., circa June 1839. Found on the verso of a receipt for "2 Bars Iron...for repairing grappling irons...," Lee has placed his signature certifying that "...the articles within charged have been received, were necessary for, and have been or will be applied, for the objects within stated, to the Improvement of the MISSISSIPPI, above the Mouth of the OHIO." This is the top portion of a larger document that has been cut away so as to leave Lee's signature, which was then given to Mary Mason Anderson, the daughter of Archer Anderson, by Lee's daughter, Mary Custis Lee, who has inscribed and countersigned: "For dear little 'Mary Mason'/From Mary Custis Lee. June 15 1915." Some uneven toning and scattered spots of foxing.

    Before commanding the Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War, Robert E. Lee served for twenty-six years in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Beginning in 1837, he was appointed supervising engineer for navigation on the Mississippi River based in St. Louis, Missouri. Here he oversaw work on the St. Louis harbor, the Missouri River, and the creation of a channel through the Des Moines Rapids near Keokuk, Iowa. For his efforts, he received a captain's commission.

    Archer Anderson (1838-1918) was the son of Joseph Reid Anderson, Confederate brigadier general and president of the Tredegar Iron Company, the largest supplier of iron goods to the Confederate States. Archer, like his father, served in the Confederate Army during the war. In 1867, he was appointed secretary and treasurer of Tredegar and, upon his father's death in 1892, was elected president of the company. The Andersons were close friends with Robert E. Lee and his family and Archer was the principal speaker at the dedication of Lee's statue on Monument Avenue (Richmond, Virginia) in 1890.

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