The collection consists of 30 original military maps owned by Robert E. Lee. The bulk (28 items) were used by Lee in Mexico, 1846-1848, when he was serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army Engineers Corps. Two of the maps were drawn by Lee and bear his signature. These maps comprise one of the most comprehensive cartographic resources for the study of the Mexican War.
In addition to the Mexican War material, the collection contains two Crimean War era maps - Sevastopol and Kronstadt - which Lee likely received through his correspondence with Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte, ca. 1854.
The collection was donated to VMI in the 1890's by G. W. Custis Lee, General Lee's son and a Professor of Engineering at VMI from 1865-1870.
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