ORIGINAL CLIPPED SIGNATURE OF GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE, HANDSOMELY FRAMED WITH HAND-COLORED ENGRAVED PORTRAIT OF LEE
LEE, Robert E. Clipped signature. No place, no date. Clipped signature, measuring 1 inch by 1/2 inch; matted and framed with color-illustrated portrait of Lee, entire piece measures approximately 8 by 10-1/2 inches. $3200.
Clipped signature of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, handsomely matted and framed with a color illustration of him.
"No man proved a more worthy opponent to Ulysses S. Grant than Confederate General Robert E. Lee… Lee first saw battle in the Mexican War, fought in 1846-48. He served as captain under General Winfield Scott. Later, Scott would write about Lee's remarkable performance in that war, calling him 'the very best soldier I ever saw in the field'… Such early successes made Lee a leading candidate to command Union forces against the South once it decided to secede. Reluctant to engage in a war against the South, Lee turned down an offer of command of the Union forces. On April 18, 1861, the Virginia Secession Convention, made up of the state's ruling elite, voted to join the Southern states in secession… [Lee] chose to fight to defend his homeland" (American Experience). "Robert E. Lee [became] the leading Confederate General during the U.S. Civil War and has been venerated as a heroic figure in the South" (bio.).