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October 31, 2012

Elizabeth Blair Lee

Elizabeth Blair Lee

Planning to see the movie Lincoln which opens in mid-November? Several of our colorful local Blairs appear as characters: Elizabeth Blair Lee; her father Francis Preston Blair: her brother Montgomery Blair.

Here are two books that should be on your personal "must read" lists. Don't miss them.
973.741 L 477 Wartime Washington: The Civil War Letters of Elizabeth Blair Lee edited by Virginia Jeans Laas.
973.709 GOODWIN and CD-Book 281 Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Elizabeth was married to a Virginia Lee, Rear Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee, U.S. Navy, and wrote to him almost daily during the war. She was an active, intelligent, observant, opinionated woman, a very good writer.

The actual Silver Spring, down the road from us under the acorn, was on the Blair farm where many of the letters were written. Unfortunately the spring hasn't had water since the 1950s.

Samuel Phillps Lee Elizabeth's "Dear Phil"

Posted by library at October 31, 2012 03:22 PM