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Robert E. Lee, in the final year of his life, signs and inscribes a photograph to the daughter of a Charleston merchant who hosted a reception in the general's honor
Photograph Signed "R E Lee", and again, signed and inscribed on the verso to "Miss Emily M. Bennett with the regards of R E Lee, Charleston, 27 Apl 1870". Both signatures are accomplished on a 2.5" x 4" carte-de-visite bust portrait of an older Lee by Alexander Gardner, with Gardner's printed credit on verso. Some light soiling to albumen, gold ruling rubbed with some losses, verso toned, else very good condition.Lee signed and inscribed the photograph to Emily M. Bennett, the sixteen year old daughter of prominent Charleston merchant William Jefferson Bennett. On the evening of April 27, 1870, Bennett hosted an elaborate reception for the aging general at his Charleston home. According to period accounts, guests included two former Confederate Treasury Secretaries, Christopher Memminger and George Trenholm, and an assortment of other dignitaries, including a U.S. District Judge. During the festivities, Lee was reported to have remarked, "'It is so grateful to se
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