A Family's Path in America: The Lees and Their Continuing Legacy


The prominence of the Lee family did not end with the American Civil War. Rather, time transformed the varying legacies of the Lee family’s ownership of Washington, Custis and Lee artifacts, their military prowess and their roles as the stewards of famous estates. The great fire of the Ravensworth estate in 1926 is examined carefully with an investigative eye. The military mantle of General Robert E. Lee fell to his nephew, Fitzhugh, and his son. The great antiques and relics of the famous families slowly left the Lee family’s watchful hands and became the possessions of museums and collectors through both legal and illegal means. Finally, the transition of this treasured American family takes the reader through a journey of descendants and change. There is a wealth of information on the collateral branches of the Lee family and a number of unpublished images to accompany the account. An index to names, places and subjects adds to the value of this work.

David S. Turk

2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 230 pp.

ISBN: 9780788438141