Robert E. Lee Cover

Cover Addressed in the Hand of Robert E. Lee

The above cover is Trans-Atlantic from Lexington, Va to London, England and is dated 11 JUN 1866. The cover is addressed completely in the hand of Robert E. Lee one year after war's end while he was serving as President of Washington University (later Washington and Lee University) in Lexington, Va. The blue Lexington postmark is at the upper left which is the same postmark used during the CSA period. The stamps ( a pair of 12c black issue of 1861 US #69) are paying a double trans-Atlantic rate and are cancelled by the blue Lexington, Va postwar target cancels. The red British Packet Boat Paid 19 mark also ties the stamps. The red London receiving mark can be seen at lower left. From the collection of John L. Kimbrough.

This well-known photo of Robert E. Lee in uniform was taken by Mathew Brady in April 1865 not long after the surrender. The picture was taken on the porch of Lee's Richmond home and is reportedly the last time he wore his Confederate uniform. The original glass negative from which this print was directly taken is in the Smithsonian. Print from the collection of John L. Kimbrough.