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Lee’s Boyhood Home

 
 
Lee’s Boyhood Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2008
1. Lee’s Boyhood Home Marker
Inscription. Robert E. Lee left this home that he loves so well to enter West Point. After Appomattox he returned and climbed the wall to see “if the snowballs were in bloom.” George Washington dined here when it was the home of William Fitzhugh, Lee’s kinsman and his wife’s grandfather. Lafayette visited here in 1824.
 
Erected 1968 by Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number E-91.)
 
Location. 38° 48.574′ N, 77° 2.716′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on Oronoco Street east of North Washington Street (Virginia Route 400), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington-Rochambeau Route ( within shouting distance of this marker); Lee-Fendall House ( within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Lee-Fendall House ( within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Edmund Jennings Lee ( within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Street ( about 500 feet away, measured in a direct
Lee’s Boyhood Home and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2008
2. Lee’s Boyhood Home and Marker
line); Alexandria Library Sit-In ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Lloyd House ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of First Synagogue of Beth El Hebrew Congregation ( approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Regarding Lee’s Boyhood Home. The house is a private residence and no longer open to tourists.
 
Also see . . .  The Robert E. Lee Boyhood Home Virtual Museum. “The house was built in 1795 by John Potts, Jr., who came down from Pennsylvania to work with George Washington on the Potomac Canal. It was purchased in 1799 by William Fitzhugh a wealthy Fredericksburg, VA tobacco planter and close friend of Washington’s. After Fitzhugh’s death in 1809 it was put up for rental. The Lee’s rented it for most of the period 1812-1825; first from the Fitzhugh estate, then from William Brent, the third owner.” (Submitted on June 25, 2008.) 
 
Additional keywords. United States Military Academy at West Point
 
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View Through the Garden Gate image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2008
3. View Through the Garden Gate
Robert E. Lee image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
4. Robert E. Lee
This 1864-65 painting of Robert E. Lee by Edward Caledon Bruce hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“Robert E. lee was born into a family prominent in Virginia society and early American politics. A young man with an intense desire to prove himself, he attained the highest rank available to cadets and graduated from West Point in 1829. Initially, lee opposed both secession and war. But when Virginia voted to secede from the Union, he resigned from the U.s. Army and went to his native state's defense. Placed in command of the Army of Northern Virginia in June 1862, lee gave the Confederacy moments of hope with several early victories. His army was always severely outnumbered, so it was a triumph that he managed to keep it on the field for the duration of the war. By 1864, however, time and resources were working against him, and in May, Ulysses S. Grant became his last and fateful adversary.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,138 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 25, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4. submitted on May 8, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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