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Confederate General Robert E. Lee Autographed Letter from Lexington in 1865
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Here is your chance to own an authentic document signed by the most famous of all Confederate Generals, Robert E. Lee. This document was signed by Lee shortly after the Civil War while he was serving as President of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia. Lee turned down higher paying jobs after the Civil War so that he could work at the college. His experience as superintendent of West Point prior to the Civil War helped him excel as an educational administrator at Washington College. During his five years at the college, he recruited northern and southern students and transformed the college into one of the nation's leading education centers. Soon after his death in October 1870, Lee's name was added to the name of the college, Washington & Lee College. The autograph is on a letter that is fully written by General Lee from Lexington, Virginia and is dated November 25th 1865, just months after the end of the Civil War. This is a letter to Robert Beverley offering recommendations for a position Beverley was looking to fill. In part: "Several young soldiers who are qualified & would have been willing to take Landon Masons place in your family have gone at other pursuits & are now not available. I do not know anyone at present so well suited to your purpose as Warrington Carter of Shirley. He has become pious & is very conscientious in the discharge of every duty. He would take charge of your whole family & do everything else he could. He would not accept the position for the compensation, but merely for the good he might accomplish. I do not know that he would leave his father. Mr. Philip Meades (near Millwood) 3rd son, I have heard a good account of but do not know. Mr. Robt N Pendleton, son of Mr. Hugh N. Pendleton of Jefferson, now at Washington College endeavours to obtain an education, & at the same time work for it, might be obtained after this session... Give much love to my dear cousin Jane & your sweet daughters. I fear I shall never see them again. I have not yet been able to get my family to me..." The end of the letter has "May God bless you all. Very Truly. R.E. Lee". The document that is visible measures 5-1/2 inches by 9-1/4th inches in overall size. It is a great original signed document from Robert E. Lee.

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