Skip to comments.Photo of Robert E. Lee fetches $23K for charity
Posted on 09/08/2011 12:43:02 PM PDT by Kartographer
A Goodwill worker who spotted a photograph of Confederate General Robert E. Lee has helped the charity make $23,000 in an online auction.
The tintype photograph was in a bin, about to be shipped out, when a worker grabbed it and sent it to the charity's local online department. The item was then put up for auction, which closed Wednesday night.
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My brother has always wondered (I too have wondered to a lesser extent) why Lee wore a Confederate Colonel’s uniform? Why? Any history buff out there know the answer?
Tintypes are one-of-a-kind. Somebody didn’t know.
Don’t the stars make him a general?
A decent number of ferrotype photographs were taken of Lee, but not that many.
General Washington has been a Lt. General. Many Union Generals and Lee thought it would be a dishonor to outrank him. He also swore to wear the uniform till the North and South reunited. Am I anywhere close to right?
When I read it I was thinking that they would have been much better off having a professional handle the sale. Someone made a very good buy!
Here’s what I found:
During the Civil War, the Confederate Army maintained a unique insignia for colonel, three stars worn on the collar of a uniform. Robert E. Lee wore this insignia due to his former rank in the United States Army and refused to wear the insignia of a Confederate general, stating that he would only accept permanent promotion when the South had achieved independence.
A general wore stars surrounded by a wreath.
Lee wore a colonel's insignia because that was the highest rank he had held in the US Army.
Well, your answer sounds better than mine. I say you’re the winner!
I studied that photo a bit and removed the beard and front hair. The cheek bones, nose and fore head reminded me of paintings I have seen of George Washington.
I have no idea. I was hoping somebody could tell me.
The officer rank insignia in the Confederate Army goes
on coat collar (both sides)
1 gold bar= 2nd Lt.
2 gold bars= 1st Lt.
3 gold bars= Capt.
1 gold star= Maj.
2 gold stars= Lt. Col.
3 gold stars= Col.
General Officer insignia= one large star between two smaller
stars inside a wreath. All general officer ranks used the
may God bless the memory of Robert E. Lee and that of Thomas Jackson too . They will both be remembered forever and ever , as long as breathe fills the true Southron heart .
ps: shame on the Lexington VA. City Counsel
Because he believed in limiting the centralizing of Fed Power, The right of states to decide those thing not enumerated in the Constitution and finally, he fought for Virginia.
What'd they do?
Google : Lexington VA confederate flag ban
Oh good! That means the flag of Mexico cannot be similarly flown either.
Wonder if all the wonderful little Libs thought of that.
I grew up in Appomattox, VA about 3 miles from the surrender grounds along the old Lynchburg-Richmond road in the 60’s. We found numerous minnie balls, buttons with pieces of uniforn, cannon shells, and even a bayonet. The area was rich in historical stuff.
” We found numerous minnie balls...
That is very cool. I personally think military artifacts are neat. We did purchase a “grape cluster” from around that area for a class project. Once you held it, you could certainly see why they were so deadly.
A lady friend of mine is a direct Lee descendant. She has the same eyes and nose.
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