The Lee-Jackson Foundation perpetuates in part the historical memory of Robert E. Lee. This collection of letters in W&L's Leyburn Library Special Collections is primarily concerned with the Lee family and persons associated with them. There are several Robert E. Lee manuscripts from the period 1847-1868. Among other family manuscripts are those from brother, Charles Carter Lee (1798-1871); wife, Mary Randolph Custis Lee (1808-1873); father-in-law, George Washington Parke Custis (1781-1857); uncle, Charles Lee (1758-1815); daughters, Agnes Lee (1841-1873) and Mildred Lee (1846-1905); and sons, William Henry Fitzhugh "Rooney" Lee (1837-1891), and Robert E. Lee, Jr. (1843-1914), as well as nephew and Governor of Virginia, Fitzhugh Lee (1835-1905). Also included are manuscripts of American Revolutionary leaders: Richard Henry Lee (1733-1794); Francis Lightfoot Lee (1734-1797); and Arthur Lee (1740-1792). Confederate generals P.G.T. Beauregard (1818-1893) and Joseph E. Johnston (1807-1891) are represented in this collection as is nineteenth century Lexington poet, Margaret Junkin Preston (1820-1897).
TRANSCRIPTIONS OF LETTERS
These selected transcriptions were prepared by Captain Robert C Peniston, USN (Retired). Captain Peniston has been a volunteer in the Leyburn Library Special Collections since 1998, when he retired following a twenty-two year stint as Director of the Lee Chapel on the Washington and Lee University campus.