Stereoview of Robert E. Lee with his son and another CSA officer, entitled on mount below image, "2088 Gen. Robert E. Lee. Gen. G.W. Lee, Col. Walter Taylor." From the "War for the Union / Photographic War History" series. Mount verso with printed information and credit to publishers, Taylor & Huntington, Hartford, CT. Additional handstamp on mount from the Patriot Publishing Company.
A fine image of the aged general, with his eldest son, General George Washington Custis Lee, on the left and Colonel Walter Taylor on the right, taken at Lee's Richmond home on Franklin Street in April, 1865, not long after Appomattox. Mathew Brady made six negatives on the occasion, all are seldom encountered. Brady would later recount that there was little conversation, though Lee changed his position according to his directions. Brady had been present from the first battle of the Civil War at Bull Run until this "final" session, which completed his photographic coverage of the war, and this photograph is certainly one of his most celebrated images (See Meredith 1981: 60-65).
Toning to image. Corner/edge wear to mount.
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