Wartime Washington: The Civil War Letters of Elizabeth Blair Lee
edited by Virginia Jeans Laas
foreword by Dudley T. Cornish
University of Illinois Press, 1991
Cloth: 978-0-252-01802-2 | Paper: 978-0-252-06859-1
Library of Congress Classification E601.L44 1991
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.781

Elizabeth Blair Lee was raised in Washington's political circles, and her husband, Samuel Phillips Lee, third cousin to Robert E. Lee, commanded the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War. When they married, Elizabeth promised to write every day they were apart. Of the hundreds of letters with which she kept her promise, Virginia Jeans Laas has edited a choice selection that illuminates the functioning of a nineteenth-century family and the Mrs. Lee's unique perspective on the political and military affairs of the nation's beleaguered capital.
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