CDV OF MARY CUSTIS LEE, ALEXANDRIA BACKMARK

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CDV of Mary Custis Lee. Chest-up, profile view. Image is light. Plain mount is clean with rounded corners. Old ink identification along bottom edge of image. Photographer's backmark, A.M. Hall, Alexandria, VA.

Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee (October 1, 1807 – November 5, 1873) was an American writer. She was the great-granddaughter of Martha Custis Washington, step-great-granddaughter of George Washington, and daughter of George Washington Custis. She was also wife of Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War. They married at her parents' home, Arlington House, in Virginia in 1831, and had seven children together; he predeceased her by three years.

The Lee family lived at Arlington House, which was inherited by Mary. Unfortunately, the house was seized by the Union because Mary was handicapped & unable to pay the new tax they had installed, and the home's property was turned into a burial ground (now present-day Arlington Nat'l Cemetery) for the dead Union soldiers.

She is buried in a crypt inside the Lee Chapel Museum, Lexington, Virginia.  [jet] [ph:L]

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