Robert E. Lee
From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Robert Edward Lee (19 january 1807 - 12 october 1870) was an American soldier best known for commanding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862 until his surrender in 1865. Lee was an exceptional officer and combat engineer in the United States Army for 32 years.
Conan Doyle and General Lee
- In Our Second American Adventure (1924), Conan Doyle wrote that in may 1923, a Dr. Perrin, whom he had never seen before, called at his hotel. He was an elderly gentleman, a veteran of the Civil War and a friend of General Lee. He asked Conan Doyle if it were true that he made no personal gain from his religious work. He assured him that it was.
In the Sherlock Holmes stories
- The Five Orange Pips (1891) : Elias Openshaw served in the Jackson's army, then under Hood, where he rose to be a colonel. When Lee laid down his arms my uncle returned to his plantation. (FIVE, 66)