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Photo of Robert E. Lee fetches $23K for charity
AP/YahooNews ^ | 9/8/11

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Tennessee; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: confederacy; lee

A tintype photograph of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is seen in an undated photo
1 posted on 09/08/2011 12:43:05 PM PDT by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

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?


2 posted on 09/08/2011 12:51:26 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: Kartographer

Tintypes are one-of-a-kind. Somebody didn’t know.


3 posted on 09/08/2011 12:52:47 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

Don’t the stars make him a general?


4 posted on 09/08/2011 12:53:51 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Kartographer
Hmmm. That may need to be authenticated.

A decent number of ferrotype photographs were taken of Lee, but not that many.

5 posted on 09/08/2011 12:58:25 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Doctor 2Brains

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?


6 posted on 09/08/2011 12:58:54 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Genoa

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!


7 posted on 09/08/2011 1:03:45 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: momtothree

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.


8 posted on 09/08/2011 1:07:47 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15.)
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To: Doctor 2Brains; Genoa
The plain stars were a colonel's insignia in the Confederate Army.

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.

9 posted on 09/08/2011 1:08:44 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: OrioleFan

Well, your answer sounds better than mine. I say you’re the winner!


10 posted on 09/08/2011 1:09:35 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: momtothree
General Washington has been a Lt. General.

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.

11 posted on 09/08/2011 1:13:13 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: momtothree

I have no idea. I was hoping somebody could tell me.


12 posted on 09/08/2011 1:16:08 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: Genoa

The officer rank insignia in the Confederate Army goes
like this.

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
same insignia.

Mike


13 posted on 09/08/2011 1:19:56 PM PDT by doublecansiter (without cartridge, load in nine times, LOAD!)
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To: Kartographer

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


14 posted on 09/08/2011 1:44:48 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Doctor 2Brains

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.


15 posted on 09/08/2011 1:48:02 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: LeoWindhorse
General Lewis Addison Armistead:"Now when he passes... the boys hush as if they had seen an angel of the Lord. Have you ever seen anything like that?"

General James Longstreet "No. I can't say I have."

Killer Angels-Michael Shaara

16 posted on 09/08/2011 2:02:13 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: LeoWindhorse
shame on the Lexington VA. City Counsel

What'd they do?

17 posted on 09/08/2011 2:03:25 PM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: Romulus

http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/297591

Google : Lexington VA confederate flag ban


18 posted on 09/08/2011 2:12:57 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: LeoWindhorse
""Only the following flags may be flown on the flag standards affixed to light poles in the city and no others:" — the American flag, the Virginia flag and the flag of the city of Lexington."

Oh good! That means the flag of Mexico cannot be similarly flown either.

Wonder if all the wonderful little Libs thought of that.

19 posted on 09/08/2011 2:29:35 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: momtothree

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.


20 posted on 09/08/2011 6:20:25 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15.)
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To: OrioleFan

” 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.


21 posted on 09/09/2011 4:09:03 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Kartographer

A lady friend of mine is a direct Lee descendant. She has the same eyes and nose.


22 posted on 09/09/2011 4:11:24 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Disgusted with the establishment GOP and their enablers.)
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