Son of a colonel of the Revolutionary War, Robert E. Lee was born in 1807. Lee was among the United States soldiers who captured John Brown at Harper’s Ferry and in Texas when the state seceded. The West Point Graduate and career military officer chose to defend his home state of Virginia rather than accept a commission from President Lincoln. Lee led the Confederate forces despite his personal desire for the Union to remain intact. He was literally involved in the Civil War from start to finish, surrendering to General Grant at Appomattox Court House.
This black and white portrait was from a vintage children’s book and is in the public domain.
Hill’s Album of Biography and Art is a wonderful vintage book by Thomas E. Hill. It was published in 1882. It was absolutely stuffed full of great illustrations. Some appear to be original to this book and I have spotted some in other publications of this period which would seem to mean they were either used by the publisher in multiple works or they were print foundry images.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.