An early daguerreotypist had portrayed Lee in 1850 as a young engineer-colonel —see page 55. The general's later life is covered by his celebrated photograph on Traveler in September, 1866, on page 121 of Volume IX; by the two portraits of 1867 and 1869 on page 73; by the photograph with Johnston, taken in 1869, on page 341 of Volume I, and by the striking group photograph that forms the frontispiece to this volume.
Robert E. Lee
Lee at the height of his fame 1863 had just perfodible that his serene soul was shaken by the evil that raged around him.
On his dying bed he fought over the great battles of the war. How strongly he felt his responsibility is shown by nearly his last words: Tell Hill he must come up.
Lee in 1867 president of Washington college, later Washington and Lee university
Lee in 1869 the year before his death at the age of sixty-three for which neither his years nor his temperament fitted him.
His health, which had begun to be impaired i
0, at Atlantic City, it had diminished to 213,901.
Its posts exist throughout the length and breadth of the country, and even outside, and nearly every State has a department organization.
Its influence is felt in every city, town, and village, and it has earned the good — will and support of the entire American people.
Among its leaders have been some of the most prominent men of the country.
Its commanders-in-chief have been:
B. F. Stephenson,Illinois,1866
S. A. Hurlbut,Illinois,1866-67
John A. Logan,Illinois,1868-70
Ambrose E. Burnside,Rhode Island,1871-72
John F. Hartranft,Pennsylvania,1875-76
John C. Robinson,New York,1877-78
George S. Merrill,Massachusetts,1881
Paul Van Dervoort,Nebraska,1882
Robert B. Beath,Pennsylvania,1883
John S. Kountz,Ohio,1884
S. S. Burdett,Dist. of Columbia,1885
John P. Rea,Minnesota,1887