Memorializing Robert E. Lee the Story of Lee Chapel


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Robert E. Lee’s first major act as president of Washington College was to construct the chapel that bears his name. A haven where students and faculty could engage in debates, listen to lectures and worships. This is the story of Lee’s final years, of how a small chapel became both the object of controversy and the final resting place for one of America’s greatest military commanders and statesmen. “I have a self-imposed task which I must accomplish. I have led the young men of the South in battle; I have seen many of them die in the field; I shall devote my remaining energies to training young men to do their duty in life.” -Robert E. Lee upon becoming president of Washington College, Lexington, Va., 1865