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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 16: return to Richmond.-President of Washington College.--death and Burial. (search)
is eyes came a dreamy, far-away look which denoted the approaching summons from his Creator. My husband came in, wrote Mrs. Lee, and I asked where he had been, remarking that he had kept us waiting a long time. He did not reply, but stood up as if to say grace. No word proceeded from his lips, but with a sublime look of resignation he sat down in his chair. With intense anxiety the family went to his assistance. A bed was brought to the dining-room, in which he was placed, and Dr. B. L. Madison and Dr. H. T. Barton were quickly summoned. For two weeks, 'Twixt night and morn upon the horizon's verge, Between two worlds life hovered like a star. Mrs. Lee tells us that his whole demeanor during his sickness was that of one who had taken leave of earth. He never smiled and rarely attempted to speak except in his dreams, and then, she says, he wandered to those dreadful battlefields. You must get out and ride your faithful gray, the doctor said. He shook his head and l