It should be noted that a foreign artist in writing about his model for the statue, asked for the death mask of General Lee
could find no trace of such a cast, and General Custis Lee
was confident that no such mask had been made.
This seemed to settle the question.
In selecting a commission to sit in judgment on the models, and to award the prizes, some gentlemen in Washington
being consulted, suggested the son of Clarke Mills as a suitable judge, and remarked that he had his father's mask of General Lee
With this clue, Miss Randolph
wrote to Dr. Barbaim
, who purchased the mask for the Corcoran Gallery
It had been taken by Clarke Mills when he was summoned to Washington
to appear before the congressional committee.
A plaster cast of it was ultimately sent to M. Mercie
, and, of course, was invaluable in getting the shape and proportions of the General's head