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Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee
Artist
Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896
Sitter
Robert Edward Lee, 19 Jan 1807 - 12 Oct 1870
Date
1865
Type
Photograph
Medium
Albumen silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 20.8 × 15.4 cm (8 3/16 × 6 1/16")
Mat: 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14")
Sheet: 25.8 × 20.8 cm (10 3/16 × 8 3/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.78.243
Exhibition Label
Lee never wrote his memoirs and was reluctant to talk about the war, let alone the political issues of Reconstruction and reunion. He lost his citizenship and never regained it, despite petitioning the government after President Andrew Johnson issued an act of amnesty and pardon; it was posthumously restored in 1975. Materially, he lost his and his wife’s ancestral home in Arlington, which was taken over by the Union and its property dispersed; the Custis-Lee Mansion is now part of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife’s mementos of her family and George Washington were confiscated and not restored to the Lees despite petitions to Congress. Lee tried to remain neutral or noncommittal in the disputes that arose between his former subordinates. Reticent to the end, he nonetheless never regretted going with his state when it seceded from the Union.
Robert E. Lee
Lee nunca escribió sus memorias y no le gustaba hablar sobre la guerra, menos aún sobre los temas políticos de reconstrucción y reunión. Perdió su ciudadanía y nunca la recuperó, a pesar de solicitarle al gobierno después de que el presidente Andrew Johnson sancionara una ley de amnistía e indulto; fue recuperada de manera póstuma en 1975. Materialmente, perdió su casa de origen y la de su esposa en Arlington, que fueron tomadas por la Unión y su propiedad se dispersó; la mansión Custis-Lee ahora es parte del Cementerio Nacional de Arlington. Los recuerdos de la familia de su esposa y de George Washington fueron confiscados y Lee no los recuperó a pesar de las peticiones al Congreso. Lee intentó permanecer neutral o evasivo en los conflictos que surgieron entre sus antiguos subordinados. Reticente hasta el final, nunca lamento ir con su estado cuando se separó de la Unión.
Mathew B. Brady (1823?–1896)
Copia en papel a la albúmina, 1865
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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