Original Author: Michael Miley
Created: October 15, 1870
Medium: Photographic print
Publisher: The

Robert E. Lee’s Funeral

Mourners, many of them in uniform, congregate outside of University Chapel & Chapel Galleries (formerly Lee Chapel) on the campus of Washington College (now Washington and Lee) for the October 15, 1870, funeral of former Confederate general Robert E. Lee. After the Civil War, Lee served as president of Washington College in Lexington from October 1865 until his death in 1870. At his widow's request, Lee's remains were buried in a cement-lined brick vault in the basement of the chapel, which had been built under Lee's direction and opened two years prior. Local photographer Michael Miley took this image.