The Lyceum Alexandria Virginia

Lieutenant Robert E. Lee in the Dress Uniform of the Engineers 1838, Artist: William West, Oil on Canvas
Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia in 1807, Robert E. Lee and his family were brought to Alexandria around 1810 by his father, Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee. For many years they made their home at 607 Oronoco Street, now preserved as a museum. Raised and educated in Alexandria, Lee began his distinguished military career in 1825 when he left to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. Although he served at various military posts prior to the Civil War, Lee's home after his marriage to Mary Anna Randolph Custis was Arlington House, located just north of Alexandria, He frequented the city until the outbreak of the Civil War in April 1861. According to tradition, Lee first heard the news of Virginia's secession from the Union in the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop on Fairfax Street. Devoted to his home state, Lee soon after resigned his commission in the U. S. Army to accept command of Virginia's Confederate forces.
After the war, Lee returned to Alexandria on several occasions prior to his death in 1870. The city always remained close to his heart. Lee is quoted as saying after one of his last visits, "There is no community to which my affections more strongly cling than thai of Alexandria, composed of my earliest and oldest friends, my schoolfellows, and faithful neighbors.
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