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ROBERT E. LEE(1807 - 1870) Confederate General and commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, arguably the most brilliant commander of field armies in American history. Fine content A.L.S. "R. E. Lee", 1p. 8vo., Lexington, Va., May 19, 1866 to a new mother, in part: "...I have rec'd your letter of the 13th, expressing your desire to name your child for me. If it will be of a gratification to you, I cheerfully assent; though I would propose a better name for him. Praying that a kind Providence may watch over him, & guard & protect you...". At this time, Lee was serving as President of Washington College. Some light, scattered old glue stains on face not affecting signature, else very good. Following the end of the Civil War, many disaffected Southerners took to naming their sons after the aging general.
Estimate $ 4,000-5,000

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