ABOUT COLLECTING ROBERT E. LEE SIGNATURES
Robert E. Lee is a Confederate general who has come to symbolize the Southern cause in the Civil War. He was originally offered command of the Federal forces by Abraham Lincoln, but declined. He refused to fight against his native Virginia, and instead accepted a position as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia (1861-1865). Lee’s Civil War-era signatures and signed letters are his most sought after. His letters are known equally for his beautiful penmanship and direct language.
Under his leadership, the Army of Northern Virginia became the most successful army in all of the Confederacy. For the final two months of the Civil War, Lee served as their General-in-Chief. After famously surrendering, he would eventually become the president of Washington and Lee University. Though signed documents from General Lee are rarer, letters from his university tenure are similarly in-demand.