A brilliantly colorized version of the famous portrait by Matthew Brady — from the amazing web site Colorized History.
Lee is such a mythological figure in American history that it sometimes seems surprising that that are any photographs of him at all. Seeing him in the flesh would have been a major life experience — “Virgil, quick come see, there goes Robert E. Lee”. This image is probably as close as we can come to the experience today.
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