died at 9 o'clock A. M. on the 12th of October, 1870.
On that day there was a meeting in the town of Lexington
, of citizens, and of those who had served under him in the field, who at once took steps to organize the
Lee Memorial Association,
which prosecuted their labors and desires to a consummation at once noble and appropriate, in placing over the tomb of the hero, at Lexington
's majestic ‘Recumbent Figure,’ which is regarded by authority and held by general acclaim to be one of the grandest works of art in this country.