Letters of Robert E. Lee, 1830-1860.


Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870. Letters of Robert E. Lee, 1830-1860.

Letters of Robert E. Lee, 1830-1860.

Includes letters, 1830-1855, from Robert E. Lee to his brother [Charles] Carter Lee, concerning family and social news; his engagement and wedding plans; travels in Virginia; the writings of brother Henry Lee; Lee family's coat of arms; discussion about financial support of Henry Lee's widow who prefers to remain in Paris; and Carter's seeking political office. Topics also include Lee's financial concerns and plans to sell land to support children; legal matters concerning family land claims and the financial burden of securing them; consideration of resigning his commission to run proposed plantation; description of shingle making machine and Lee's advice on water power; attempts to find rabbits for Carter; and Lee's unavailability to serve in legal capacities regarding family estates. Topics also include military life at Cockspur Island and Savannah, Ga., Fort Monroe, Va., and St. Louis, Mo.; Lee's surveying work and building fortifications; concerns about the engineering corps; surveying the Ohio-Michigan border and Missouri; his travels in Missouri; Charles Gratiot's dismissal from Army; and a recruiting trip. Also discussed are Lee's arrangements before leaving for Mexico; his dim prospects in Mexico; dislike of his personal letters being published in newspapers; the role of West Pointers and the old army in the Mexican War; travels in Mexico; John Charles Fremont and Winfield Scott; dissensions and politics in Army and possibility that he might resign his commission; and the treaty and political situation in Mexico. Also include letters, 1837-1853, from Robert E. Lee to various family members concerning family news; the fertility of Missouri soil; editions of the Writings of Washington; and setting up household in Fort Hamilton, N.Y.; and letter, 1858, from Lee to Edward C. Turner concerning hire of overseer recommended by Turner. Also include note, 1835, from Robert E. Lee requesting copies of printed forms; letter (transcript and photostat), 1853, from Lee refusing request for a cadet's furlough; military orders, 1857, for promotions signed by Lee; and letter, 1860, from Lee to Earl Van Dorn, commenting on promotion of A.S. Johnston and his own, with congratulations to Van Dorn on his promotion.

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