The beloved Confederate General Robert E. Lee died at 9:30 a.m. on October 12, 1870 in Lexington, Virginia. Lee at the time was the President of Washington College. He had suffered a stroke earlier in the month.
According to medical reports, Lee had been in a species of coma for several days from what doctors called “congestion of the brain”. The malady had been thought to be the result of his mental depression over the sufferings of the Southern population following the war.
Lee himself had been in good physical conditional although quite exhausted from his war efforts. He had traveled within recent months to White Sulphur Springs to get relief from the hot springs.
Lee was 63 years old at the time of his death. His funeral was held on October 15. He was interred in the Chapel at Washington College, which was renamed in his honor as Washington and Lee University.
It is interesting to note that General Lee never took the oath of allegiance. The federal government had offered amnesty and pardon to Confederates excluding the C.S.A. leadership including General Lee. He was required to make special application to the president. He had applied but it had not been received at the time of his death.
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