The Lee Girls

Mary Price Coulling, Author John F. Blair Publisher $19.95 (242p) ISBN 978-0-89587-054-4
Raised in aristocratic luxury, Confederate leader Robert E. Lee's four daughtersMary, Anne, Eleanor and Mildredwere forced to adjust to privation caused by the Civil War. This gentle book tells the story of their struggle to maintain their gracious lifestyle. It is at once a sunny and poignant tale, for the childhood days at Arlington were idyllic, but when Lee rode off to war they ended abruptly and never were recaptured. The book stresses the passivity Southern society imposed on women of the era, particularly unmarried women. None of Lee's daughters married, and Coulling's theory is that they were unable to find suitors who could hold a candle to their noble father. As for Lee himself, the Confederate icon appears here in unexpected guise from time to time. A great teaser of his daughters, he suggested, for example, that their mischievous pet squirrel be turned into soup. Coulling is a Virginia-based freelance writer. Photos. (June 29)
Reviewed on: 08/04/1987
Release date: 08/01/1987
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 978-0-89587-147-3
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