Back in 2004, I visited Arlington House in Washington D.C. with my brother. Lee’s estate is on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, the former having been expropriated from Lee by victorious Union pols.
There is a bookshop on the premises.
It was there that I first encountered Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery.
The poignancy of this book, it’s intuitive sensibility, was a life changing moment for me.
Here’s a wonderful, colorized picture of Robert E. Lee, at his home in Richmond, VA, a few days after surrendering. [Hat tip: Uncouth Reflections].