Typed copy of her letter to the Rev. R.R. Gruley, in Washington, D.C., regarding Gen. Robert E. Lee's resignation from the United States Army and her preparations for leaving Arlington [manuscript] 1861.
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Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee (b. Oct. 1, 1807, Boyce, VA–d. Nov. 5, 1873, Lexington, VA) was descended from several colonial and Southern families, including the Parke Custises, Fitzhughs, Dandriges, Randolphs, Rolfes, and Gerards. She is a descendant from Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore, making her a descendant of Charles II of England and Scotland and of William Fitzhugh. She was the only surviving child of George Washington Parke Custis, President George Washington's step-grandson and...
Robert Edward Lee (1807-1870) served as General of the Confederate Army in the U.S. Civil War and was president of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia from 1865 to 1870. Lee spent the first twenty-three years of his military career in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. From 1837 to 1841 he was superintending engineer for the harbor of St. Louis and the upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Robert E. Lee was a United States Army officer, 1829-1861; commander of Virginia forces in the ...