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Lee's Washington College Office
Lee's Office, in Lee Chapel, at Washington College.
(Now Washington & Lee University).

Lee's Office has been preserved as it was when he left it, for the last time, on September 28, 1870.

In the late 1860's, Lee assumed the presidency of Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) in Lexington, Va., initiating programs that are still in use by schools throughout the U.S. today. It was said that Lee would have been famous, even without the Civil War, for the policies he put in place at Washington College.

In addition, his example of conduct for thousands of ex-Confederates made him a legend even before his death.

Washington & Lee University Chapel
Lee Chapel and Museum at Washington & Lee University

Lee died on October 12, 1870 in Lexington, Va.

He and members of his family are buried on the museum level of the Lee Chapel and Museum at Washington & Lee University. The museum level is below the Chapel and also houses Lee's office, and a museum which has many items that belonged to Lee and his family. (The entrance to the museum level is indicated by an arrow on the photograph above.)

The Lee Chapel is a National Historic Landmark. It was built in 1867 under Robert E. Lee's supervision.

Lee sarcophagus Front Lee sarcophagus Back
Lee's Sarcophagus - Front View
Lee's Sarcophagus - Back View
The arrow points to a sword that
Lee is holding in his left hand.

The sarcophagus showing General Lee resting on the battlefield was made by Edward Valentine and is located in the Chapel above the museum level.

Traveler's Grave Traveller's Grave - Closer View
Traveller's Grave at Washington and Lee.
Traveller's Grave - Closer View

Traveller, Lee's horse, is buried outside the entrance to the museum level (See the arrow on the W&L Chapel photograph, above).


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