Who is Markie? The Life of Martha Custis Williams Carter, Cousin and Confidante of Robert E. Lee


Over seventy years ago, the Huntington Library published a slim volume of the letters of Robert E. Lee, To Markie. Who was Markie? The short answer is that she was Martha Custis Williams, a cousin of Lee’s wife, Mary Custis Lee. But she is worth knowing in her own right. Hers was a life that spanned three quarters of the nineteenth century, filled with life’s joys and sorrows, and connected with people and events that we know well from our history books. She left us a considerable record in her correspondence and diaries. Thus she opens a new window through which we can view an important period in American history, as well as learn about the life of an articulate and accomplished woman and her response to the conditions imposed on a woman, single for most of her life, in the nineteenth century. This fascinating biography is enhanced with numerous vintage photographs and an index to full names, places and subjects.

Frances Scott and Anne C. Webb

2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 252 pp.

ISBN: 9780788437458