Mary Greenhow Lee Papers

 

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library / Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

Mary Greenhow Lee Papers, 1182 WFCHS

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains a typescript of a diary from the Civil War, 1861-1865. The diary covers the period from March 11, 1862 to November 17, 1865 in daily entries. There are no entries for September 1-2, 1862 and November 9-16, 1865. The diary contains a detailed account of Winchester (VA) during the Civil War, 1861-1865, including major battles and Union occupation of the town. The diary notes Mrs. Lee?s dedication to the Confederate cause, along with frank estimates of Confederate leaders.
(2 boxes) Last updated 02/12.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Mary Charlton Greenhow Lee (1819-1907), daughter of Robert Greenhow (1800-1854) and Mary Jane Charlton Greenhow, was born in Richmond, VA and in 1843 married Hugh Holmes Lee (d. 1856), a Winchester, VA lawyer. She had no children. Studiously disobeying every edict of the Union generals in charge of the forces occupying Winchester, she was finally exiled by Philip Sheridan (1831-1888), in February, 1865. She never returned to Winchester. Finally settling in Baltimore, MD, she became active in community and church work.

CITE AS: Mary Greenhow Lee Papers, 1182 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

Also available for purchase from the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society: Strader, Eloise editor, The Civil War Journal of Mary Greenhow Lee (Mrs. Hugh Holmes Lee) of Winchester, Virginia, Winchester, VA: Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, 2012.

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ORGANIZATION:

BOX 1

Chronology to Mrs. Mary Greenhow Lee diary, compiled by Sheila Phipps, 1992, typescript

Mrs. Mary Greenhow Lee?s diary, March 1862-November 1865, typescript

BOX 2

"'As If I Were a Confederate Soldier': Mary Greenhow Lee and the Civil War She Waged in Winchester, Virginia," thesis by Sheila Phipps, 1996, 112 leaves, typescript

Lee, Mary Greenhow - will, April 17, 1907, typescript, 1 leaf

BOX 3

Mrs. Mary Greenhow Lee?s diary, March 1862-November 1865, typescript, duplicate, not available to researchers

SEE. Phipps, Sheila R. Genteel Rebel: The Life of Mary Greenhow Lee. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2004. B Lee
B Lee

SEE Phipps, Sheila R. "132 N. Cameron Street: ?Secesh Lives Here,?" in Winchester-Frederick Historical Society Journal, 7 (1993): 51-68.

SEE Strader, Eloise editor, The Civil War Journal of Mary Greenhow Lee (Mrs. Hugh Holmes Lee) of Winchester, Virginia, Winchester, VA: Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, 2012. 973..782 Lee

 

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