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Laura G. Ogle to Robert E. Lee, 1866-02-01

 Item — Box: 7A, Folder: 36

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

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: 1866-02-01

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.


From the Collection: 24 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Laura G. Ogle wrote to Robert E. Lee from New Castle, Delaware on February 1, 1866. In the letter, she expressed her great admiration for Lee and her desire to emulate his example, despite societal pressures on her as a woman. She explains that her lifelong goal had become to meet and speak with Lee at some point. However, she explains that she has become and "invalid" and will remain so for her life, thus restricting herself to remaining in New Castle for the remainder of her life. She ends the letter with a request for a locke of Lee's hair.

Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA