AUGUST 2007

An Interview With Mrs. Robert E. Lee
Through the Courtesy of Peggy (formerly known as AntietamCW)

Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
Tonight I have the pleasure and the honor of introducing you to the lady, behind CSA General Robert Edward Lee

 

PAS Welcome Mrs. Lee
Mrs. Lee Thank you
   
PAS Mrs. Lee, when did you first meet, your future husband?
MRS. LEE  His family, visited Arlington, quite often, when I was a young child. We became playmates, as well as friends
   
PAS  Mrs. Lee, was Robert, your only suitor?
MRS. LEE  Goodness no.  I do remember one young man, who was very ardent in his suit for my hand
   
PAS Mrs. Lee, might I ask who the other young suitor was?
MRS. LEE
My other suitor made his name also fighting for independence, in Texas. You might know the name,  Sam Houston. But it was Robert for me, only
   
PAS When did you and Robert marry, Mrs. Lee?
MRS. LEE  Oh my, long ago.  It was on an early summer day, June 30, 1831
   
PAS You married at Arlington, and had 6 of your 7 children there, right??
MRS. LEE
Yes, we were married in the front parlor.  He was so handsome<still is> The children were born in a room, beside our master bedroom.
   
PAS Mrs. Lee, what is something, that people might know about you??
MRS. LEE
I loved to paint.  I painted landscapes.  Robert always told me I was very good at painting.
   
PAS    Did anyone else in your family paint, ma'am?
MRS. LEE  Yes, my father painted.  He was George Washington's adopted son, you know.
   
PAS Ma'am, besides painting, was there any other outside interests?
MRS. LEE Oh my beautiful rose garden.  Did you know I planted 11 different varieties in my rose garden at Arlington
   
PAS Ma'am, I must ask a sensitive question, how did you feel about slavery?
MRS. LEE
It was something, that I had grown up with and around.  My own way as adult is that I taught my slaves to read and write.
   
PAS Mrs. Lee, teaching slaves to read and write, was against most southern laws.  Why did you risk doing it?
MRS. LEE It was traumatic for one thing.  I was driven from the only home I had known, Arlington.  That was a hard day for me.  My daughters and I lived a nomadic existence until we settled in Richmond.
   
PAS Ma'am, were not your daughters and yourself, at one time, caught behind enemy lines.
MRS. LEE  Yes we were.  We were at out home at White House Landing, when General McClellan, arrived.  He saw us across the lines safely, and we then came to Richmond.
   
PAS
Mrs. Lee, you suffered greatly during the war, from an illness that was not treated well at the time.  Would be able to tell what the illness was?
MRS. LEE
I suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis.  By the time my beloved Robert came home from the war, I was wheel chair bound.
   
PAS
MRS. LEE, I thank you for spending this time with us, and for sharing your life with us
MRS. LEE
I was greatly honored. as, we wives were always overshadowed by our husbands.  You understand, though I would not have had any other way.

<General Lee smiles and nods.  He gently pushes his wife's wheelchair out of the room>

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