Sources

This blog is an interpretation of the life of Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee, wife of Robert E. Lee.  As with any historical work much research was needed to gain insight on what Mrs. Lee’s life was like and how she viewed her world.  Below is a list of sources used to gain this understanding of Mrs. Lee.  It is an incomplete list and will be updated as more sources are used.  If you know of any sources that may be helpful in this endeavor please share them.

Books

Coulling, Mary P. The Lee Girls. Winston-Salem, North Carolina: John F. Blair, 1987

Perry, John. The Lady of Arlington: The Life of Mrs. Robert E. Lee. Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, 2001.

Pryor, Elizabeth Brown. Reading The Man: A Portrait Of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters. New York: Viking, 2007.

Nelligan, Murrary H. Arlington House: The Story of the Robert E. Lee Memorial. Burke, Virginia: Chatelaine Press, 2001.

Letters

Lee, Mary Custis. Mary Custis Lee to Child, September 15th, 1861. Letter. Container # 4, Custis-Lee Family Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Lee, Mary Custis. Mary Custis Lee to Mildred Lee, 1861. Letter. Container # 4, Custis-Lee Family Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Lee, Mary Custis. Mary Custis Lee to Child, November 15th, 1862. Letter. Container # 4, Custis-Lee Family Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Sources for 3/1/1861 Post

Several sentences in the post for March 1, 1861 are direct quotes from Mrs. Lee’s Personal letters. The sentences “both parties are in the wrong in this fratricidal war (216)” and “we can only pray that in His mercy He will spare us (216)” are direct quotes from letters written by Mrs. Lee and can be found in John Perry’s The Lady of Arlington: The Life of Mrs. Robert E. Lee. The sentence “never bear arms against the United States, but it may be necessary for [him] to carry a musket in defence of [his] native State (285)” is a quote from General Robert E. Lee and can be found in Elizabeth Brown Pryor’s book Reading The Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters. If you have an questions regarding these quotes, letters, or the post please let me know.

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