Robert E. and Mary Lee
c 1860s

Engravings of Robert E. and Mary Lee during their last years together. Both were in poor health in their declining years. Mary had rheumatoid arthritis and Robert had heart disease. Robert E. Lee, in particular, aged rapidly during his time at Washington College. The physical and emotional stress of the war had taken a devastating toll on his health. He died of a stroke on Oct. 12, 1870 at the age of 63. Mary Lee lived three more years, and died at 65.

Wood, brass. W 28.2, L 23 cm
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, ARHO 3469