“In the treetops”
R. E. Lee room is located on the second floor and in the middle of the Stonewall Jackson Inn. Lee is set with a Queen bed, in-room private bath with a shower, cable TV, phone for local calls and could be your ideal accommodations during your stay in Harrisonburg, VA.
$159 per night for double occupancy, can sleep up to three by using a futon
Extra person: $50 per night, Futon: $15 per night
Room Specific Amenities
Ensuite bathroom with shower:
Wet bar: -
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Who was Robert E. Lee?
Following the war, Lee applied for, but was never granted, the official postwar amnesty. After filling out the application form, it was delivered to the desk of Secretary of State William H. Seward, who, assuming that the matter had been dealt with by someone else and that this was just a personal copy, filed it away until it was found decades later in his desk drawer. Lee took the lack of response to mean that the government wished to retain the right to prosecute him in the future.
Lee’s example of applying for amnesty encouraged many other former members of the Confederacy’s armed forces to accept restored U.S. citizenship. In 1975, President Gerald Ford granted a posthumous pardon and the U.S. Congress restored his citizenship, following the discovery of his oath of allegiance by an employee of the National Archives in 1970.
Lee and his wife had lived at his wife’s family home prior to the Civil War, the Custis-Lee Mansion. It was confiscated by Union forces, and is today part of Arlington National Cemetery. After his death, the courts ruled that the estate had been illegally seized, and that it should be returned to Lee’s son. The government offered to buy the land outright, to which he agreed.
He served as President of Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) in Lexington, Virginia, from October 2, 1865. Over five years he transformed Washington College from a small, undistinguished school into one of the first American colleges to offer courses in business, journalism, and Spanish. He also imposed a sweeping and breathtakingly simple concept of honor — “We have but one rule, and it is that every student is a gentleman” — that endures today at Washington and Lee and at a few other schools that continue to maintain “honor systems.” Importantly, Lee focused the college on attracting male students from the North as well as the South. The college, like most in the United States at the time, remained racially segregated, however; after John Chavis, admitted in 1795, Washington or Washington and Lee would not admit a second black student until 1966.