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ROBERT EDWARD LEE (1807-1870) Photograph (business card-size), signed "R E Lee".

Bust-length portrait in three-quarter profile, probably made at the Boude and Miley studio in Lexington, Virginia, between 1865 and 1870. Albumen print, with some hand-tinting, mounted on card within gilt-rule with the imprint verso of William W. Davies's Lee Photographic Gallery, Richmond, Virginia. Some light soiling. 9,5 x 6 cm Robert Edward Lee was a Confederate general best known for his service to the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War, during which he was appointed the overall commander of the Confederate States Army. He led the Army of Northern Virginia, the Confederacy’s most powerful army, from 1862 until its surrender in 1865. During the war, Lee earned a solid reputation as a skilled tactician, for which he was revered by his officers and men as well as respected and feared by his Union Army adversaries.