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General Robert E. Lee

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

As men like Lee rose to prominence during the war, a populace hungry for heroes snatched up whatever images could be found. Canny businessmen realized how much money might be made from reproducing and selling such images and quickly a cottage industry was born. Often, such images would be sold to raise money for the care of wounded soldiers and the relief of their families, as well as the widows and orphans.

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