For over a century she has stood in the shadow of her famous husband. Now she steps into the light. Mary Custis Lee was a woman of contrasts-a woman with a will of iron whose faith in God sustained her through years of separation from her husband, the deaths of two children, and the heartbreaking transforamtion of her magnificent estate into a military cemetery. Based on previously unpublished private journals and letters spanning half a century, this is the story of an articulate, passionate, and selfless patriot worthy of her heritage as the great-granddaughter of Martha Washington and consort to one of the most revered military leaders in American history.
Many know about her husband, Robert E. Lee, and her great-grandmother, Martha Washington; many have visited the cemetery that now occupies her family estate. But few today know much about Mary Custis Lee herself. Chronically ill and often in excruciating pain, Mary raised seven children, faithfully witnessing to her husband for years before his conversion. She retained her dignity and faith throughout a fruitless, heartbreaking attempt to win compensation for the confiscation of her home and possessions. History is never more powerful than when it provides a role model for enduring hardship with sturdy and radiant faith. Mary Custis Lee is such an example.
Biographer John Perry has written books on contemporary politics, religion, and sports. Previously he was a writer and producer of internationally syndicated radio specials and an award-winning advertising copywriter. Perry graduated from Vanderbilt University and completed additional studies at University College, Oxford. He lives with his wife and two children in Nashville.
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