Robert E. Lee Portrait
This painting is likely based upon a famous photograph of Robert E. Lee in profile. Robert Edward Lee (1807 - 1870) is best known as the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Though he achieved enduring fame as a tactician, some military historians have criticized his strategic decisions. After the war, Lee served as president of Washington College (later Washington and Lee University) and supported President Andrew Johnson's program of Reconstruction, while, however, opposing the proposal to give freed slaves the vote. His popularity continued to rise after his death in 1870 and today he still remains an iconic figure of American military leadership.