James Walter Wall to Robert E. Lee, 1865-09-26
Scope and Contents
This collection contains primary and secondary resources pertaining to Robert E. Lee and the Lee family. Included are correspondences from, to, and about Lee and various family members; memorabilia, pamphlets, photographs, reminiscences, miscellaneous personal papers, family history and genealogy. The collection includes materials acquired from the Lee family and items donated to and purchased and compiled by W&L University since Lee's tenure as president of Washington College from 1865 - 1870. Adminstrative papers, such as President's Reports, etc..., from Robert E. Lee's presidency of the school may be found within the W&L University Archives. Please contact W&L Special Collections for information regarding the University Archives.
- Creation: 1865-09-26
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
From the Collection: 24 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
James Walter Wall was a Democrat United States Senator from New Jersey who served during the Civil War and supported John C. Breckinridge for president. In between his terms as a Senator, Wall was an editor for the New York Daily News, an anti-war publication. In 1861 Wall was arrested and confined as a prisoner of the state in Fort Lafayette. He was released several weeks later after pledging allegiance to the Union. Wall did not know Lee, but wrote to him introducing himself and congratulating Lee for his new position with Washington College.