Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

The Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee is one of the most useful sources about the great Confederate General. Lee died before he could write his autobiography, although he had been considering it. This collection of his letters was collected by his son, Captain Robert E. Lee, who also fought for the Confederacy. One unexpected feature of this book is that sixteen of the twenty four chapters cover the five years between the end of the war in 1865 and Lee's death in 1870, giving a interesting insight into the life of a great leader after the failure of his cause.

The Document

Chapter I - Services in the United States Army
Chapter II - The Confederate General
Chapter III - Letters to Wife and Daughters
Chapter IV - Army Life of Robert the Younger
Chapter V - The Army of Northern Virginia
Chapter VI - The Winter of 1863-4
Chapter VII - Fronting the Army of the Potomac
Chapter VIII - The Surrender
Chapter IX - A Private Citizen
Chapter X - President of Washington College
Chapter XI - The Idol of the South
Chapter XII - Lee's Opinion upon the Late War
Chapter XIII - Family Affairs
Chapter XIV - An Ideal Father
Chapter XV - Mountain Rides
Chapter XVI - An Advisor of Young Men
Chapter XVII - The Reconstruction Period
Chapter XVIII - Mrs. R. E. Lee
Chapter XIX - Lee's Letters to His Sons
Chapter XX - The New Home in Lexington
Chapter XXI - Failing Health
Chapter XXII - The Southern Trip
Chapter XXIII - A Round of Visits
Chapter XXIV - Last Days

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