The descendants of Richard and Anne Lee have occupied a preeminent place in American history. They were among the first families of Virginia. Two were signers of the Declaration of Independence; several others distinguished themselves during the Revolutionary War; and one, Robert E. Lee, remains widely known. In The Lees of Virginia, Paul Nagel chronicles seven generations of Lees, from the family founder, Richard, to General Robert E. Lee, covering over 200 years of American history. We meet the dreamers and the nonconformists, the controversial and tempestuous personalities, as well as the disgracers of the family name. Then, of course, we meet the son who was the family's redeeming figure, Robert E. Lee, a brilliant military tactician whose ruling motto was self-denial and who saw God's hand in all things.
In these and numerous other portraits, Paul Nagel discloses how, from 1640 to 1870, a family spirit united the Lees, making them a force in Virginian and American affairs.
"Nagel's research is impeccable, and the historical value great." (AudioFile)
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The Lees of Virginia