An Interview With Mrs. Robert E. Lee
Through the Courtesy of Peggy (formerly known as AntietamCW)
|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?|
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??|
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??|
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?|
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.|
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?
I suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis. By the time my beloved Robert came home from the war, I was wheel chair bound.
MRS. LEE, I thank you for spending this time with us, and for sharing your life with us
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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