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14. No I haven't heard that but he supposedly was
Sat Jun 13, 2020, 12:51 AM
Jun 2020

tagged 'Light'-Horse Harry Lee due to the lightning speed at which he chased Brit troops during the Rev. War. But how ironic if the lightning story is true. I've read that Harry may have also had PTSD. ~ Anne Hill Carter's wealthy father, owner of Shirley Plantation in Va. did not want her to marry Harry and become the 2nd wife of a widower with 3 children. Perhaps for other reasons too.

The marriage happened anyway and added 6 more children. After Harry lost money in the Panic of 1796-97 and left Anne & the children living on reduced means, university education for Robert who was bright was unaffordable, so recommendations from relations helped get him into West Point. References were not uncommon.

Robert m. cousin Anna Custis, only child of GW Parke Custis (GW's adopted grandson), a slightly eccentric character & owner of Arlington House. Only one of Robt. & Anna's 6 children ever married. ~ I think calls for Arl. House to be repurposed or taken down may recur, esp. in troubled times.
At an Alex. historic property, the director once told me last minute I had to staff an upcoming Saturday tour for 100 Washington-Custis-Lee family members. I was ticked (she often did this kind of stuff & didn't last long). But I found enough guides in 5 days, thankfully fewer people showed up & it went ok.

Lee owned slaves. marie999 Jun 2020 #1
Lee didnt own the Custis slaves gladium et scutum Jun 2020 #12
Then why did he go to court marie999 Jun 2020 #13
When Custid died gladium et scutum Jun 2020 #19
Okay, marie999 Jun 2020 #21
Pretty much the case. gladium et scutum Jun 2020 #22
Bullshit angstlessk Jun 2020 #2
People should post that she's right, Lee loved black people, LuvNewcastle Jun 2020 #3
Well, that's actually off of Twitter. GoCubsGo Jun 2020 #23
There's nothing "latest" about that argument JHB Jun 2020 #4
Harry Turtledove's "Guns of the South" Jeebo Jun 2020 #5
Why don't you ask him yourself. He's on twitter and hates right wing trolls. madinmaryland Jun 2020 #7
Let would never have freed slaves. He refused to free his own slaves. yardwork Jun 2020 #26
He 'wanted to represent Virginia', well sure that's appalachiablue Jun 2020 #6
I've always heard Light Horse Lee died of a lightning strike. You ever hear this? GulfCoast66 Jun 2020 #10
No I haven't heard that but he supposedly was appalachiablue Jun 2020 #14
Interesting. Ironically, I am a Custis descendant. At least the book I have shows it. GulfCoast66 Jun 2020 #15
A docent I worked with, a fmr NE college prof appalachiablue Jun 2020 #18
Virginia Had a Good Team in 1860-Had a Real Chance at the National Championship Stallion Jun 2020 #8
A good team in the Eastern Conference gladium et scutum Jun 2020 #20
There's a sprawling memorial in DC to Lee's achievements struggle4progress Jun 2020 #9
And the first page of VA's confederate constitution Captain Zero Jun 2020 #11
And the Confederate Constitution explicitly prohibited states from banning slavery. NYC Liberal Jun 2020 #16
I think BGBD Jun 2020 #17
So, he was against slavery, but he wanted to fight for a place that was GoCubsGo Jun 2020 #24
This lie isn't new. It was made up more than 100 years ago. yardwork Jun 2020 #25
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