From his early career through his time as President of Washington College, here is Robert E. Lee in his own words. Compiled by Reverend J. William Jones, who served with Lee in the Civil War and as chaplain of Washington College, the letters are combined with a narrative that places them in time and context.
One of the striking characteristics of Lee is his great warmth and affection for his children. This courtly and aristocratic man was openly loving in his letters to them.
Included are letters written from participation in the capture of John Brown, the Mexican War, Gettysburg, his speculations on Grant’s moves, directions to other generals as the war is being lost, the surrender, and his life after the war.