Lee, Robert E.

Clipped signature from an ALS to nephew Fitzhugh Lee

Price: $2250.00

Description:
(1807-1870) Commanded Confederate forces in Civil War. Career US Army engineer, son of Major General "Light Horse Harry" Lee (17561818). In early 1861, President Lincoln invited Lee to command the entire Union Army. Lee declined because his home state of Virginia was seceding from the Union, despite his wishes. When Virginia seceded in April 1861, Lee chose to follow his home state. His eventual role in the newly established Confederacy was to serve as a senior military adviser to President Jefferson Davis. Lee's first field command for the Confederate States came in June 1862 when he took command of CSA forces in the East (which Lee renamed the "Army of Northern Virginia). His greatest victories were the Seven Days Battles, Second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville, but both of his campaigns to invade the North failed. In the Overland Campaign of 1864 and the Siege of Petersburg in 18641865, Lee inflicted heavy casualties on Grant's larger army, but was unable to replace his own losses. In early April 1865, Lee's depleted forces were turned from the Confederate capital of Richmond, and began a strategic retreat. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865 represented the loss of only one of the remaining Confederate field armies, but was a psychological blow from which the South could not recover. By June 1865, all remaining Confederate armies had capitulated. After Appomattox, Lee discouraged Southern dissenters from starting a guerrilla campaign and encouraged reconciliation between North and South. As a college President, he supported President Johnson's program of Reconstruction and inter-sectional friendship, opposing Radical Republican proposals to give freed slaves the vote and take the vote away from ex-Confederates and urged reintegration of former Confederates into the nation's political life. Lee was the great Southern hero of the War, and his popularity grew in the North as well after his death, remaining an iconic figure of American military leadership. 1 x 4 signature clipped from close ("Very trul[y] yr uncle/ RELee") of an undated ALS to an unknown nephew. With 6 x 4 color portrait postcard (ca. 1870-71 portrait by D. H. Anderson, original in Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery), excellent for framing!

Condition: Very good
Type:Signature






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