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    UNMOUNTED ALBUMEN PHOTOGRAPH OF ROBERT E. LEE, 1863. Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), American soldier, general in the Confederate States army, was the youngest son of Major General Henry Lee, called "Light Horse Harry." He was born at Stratford, Virginia, on January 19, 1807, and entered West Point in 1825. Graduating four years later, second in his class, he was given a commission in the U.S. Engineer Corps. In 1831 he married Mary, daughter of G. W. P. Custis, the adopted son of Washington and the grandson of Mrs. Washington. In 1836 he became first lieutenant and, in 1838, captain. In this rank he took part in the Mexican War, repeatedly winning distinction for conduct and bravery. He received the brevets of major for Cerro Gordo, lieut. colonel for Contreras-Churubusco and colonel for Chapultepec. This unmounted albumen image of General Robert E. Lee, taken in 1863, shows him proudly displaying his sword with his sash around his waist. He very seldom posed with these items in his photographs. Trimmed in oval shape, fashioned for cabinet card. 3.5" x 5.5".

    Condition: Very good-fine condition.


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