The Lees of Virginia : seven generations of an American family New York : Oxford University Press, 1990 Paul C. Nagel Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870 Family Hardcover. xiv, 332 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-317) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
Whether opposing Nathaniel Bacon and his Rebels in 1676, or condemning English colonial policy in 1776, or turning back the Union Army at the Seven Days’ battles of 1862, the descendants of Richard and Anne Lee have occupied a preeminent place in American history. They were among the first families of Virginia. Two were signers of the Declaration of Independence and several others distinguished themselves during the Revolutionary War. And one, Robert E. Lee, remains widely admired for his lofty character and military success.
In The Lees of Virginia, Paul Nagel chronicles seven generations of Lees, from the family founder Richard to General Robert E. Lee, covering over two hundred years of American history. We meet Thomas Lee, who dreamed of America as a continental empire. His daughter was Hannah Lee Corbin, a non-conformist in lifestyle and religion, while his son, Richard Henry Lee, was a tempestuous figure who wore black silk over a disfigured hand when he made the motion in Congress for Independence. Another of Thomas’ sons, Arthur Lee, created a political storm by his accusations against Benjamin Franklin. Arthur’s cousin was Light-Horse Harry Lee, a controversial cavalry officer in the Revolutionary War, whose wild real estate speculation led to imprisonment for debt and finally self-exile in the Caribbean. One of Harry’s sons, Henry Lee, further disgraced the family by seducing his sister-in-law and frittering away Stratford, the Lees’ ancestral home.
The family’s most famous son and their greatest gift to the American Republic was Robert E. Lee, a brilliant tactician whose ruling motto was self-denial and who saw God’s hand in all things. In these and numerous other portraits, Nagel discloses how, from 1640 to 1870, a family spirit united the Lees, making them a force in Virginian and American affairs.