Friday, June 11, 2010

The Recumbent Lee



(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.)

Last month I showed a picture of the Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University, which was designed and built by Robert E. Lee while he was the college president.

The front of the chapel contains the memorial pictured above. It is a statue of a recumbent Lee at sleep on a battlefield. The memorial is directly above the crypt containing the remains of Lee and his family.

14 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

That sure is an interesting memorial!

EG Wow said...

I'm thinking Robert E. Lee must have been quite wealthy because the statue over the crypt reminds me of royalty (like in Europe). Is this a large building on the campus?

rainfield61 said...

He will wake up in one day.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That looks very elegant.

Sandra said...

my Hero. sign me Southern Belle

Ginny said...

This gave me rather a atart when I first saw it. It's kind of creepy, but sure makes for a strange and unusual blog post!

A Lady's Life said...

I have a similar picture for Queen Victoria. This is such a nice way to remember a person. Making a marble statue. It like they never left.

Cheryl said...

Very nice photo and interesting as well!

KathyA said...

He would probably have been buried at his wife's family home, had it not been commandeered as a final resting place -- Arlington National Cemetery.

Carletta said...

Seems eerie. :)
I agree with EG - seems European style.

Anna said...

George thanks for sharing something new with me. Anna :)

Janie said...

At first I thought this was a wake!
Interesting memorial for General Lee.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Hilda said...

This is a most unusual memorial. Most have generals on horses and such, not asleep. I like it. And the sculpture itself is amazing — the cloth looks real!