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Photograph, General Robert E. Lee was instrumental in capturing John Brown at Harpers Ferry in 1859. He commanded Confederate forces at Cheat Mountain and the ill-fated Sewell Mountain Campaign and earned the nickname “Granny” Lee for his failures in western (West) Virginia in 1861. Lee rose to prominence in 1862 during the Richmond Peninsular Campaign. West Virginia State Archives


Photographs: 1861

West Virginia Archives and History