William S. Burns papers  1860-1864;1886
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Container / Location Title
Box   104, James S. Schoff Civil War Collection  
Mary Greenhow Lee Collection,  1861-1907 [series]
Folder   1  
  1861 December 28 . Lawson Botts partially printed DS to Mrs. Hugh H. Lee [Mary Greenhow Lee] and Family; Winchester, Virginia. (1 page)
Lieutenant Colonel Botts signed this pass for "all roads," by authority of General J. J. Jackson.
  1862 June 6 . Henry Bertram ADS to Mrs. Hugh Lee [Mary Greenhow Lee]; Winchester, V[irgini]a. (1 page)
Captain in the Office of the Provost Marshal, responding to Mrs. Lee's request for protection. She will need to apply to General Banks; in the meantime, he approves one sentinel to be left at the house.
  1863 April 6 . Captain McElwain ADS; Winchester, V[irgini]a. (1 page)
Certification of an unsuccessful search for contraband at the Lee home. Later pencil notations, apparently by Mary Greenhow Lee, provide the following context: "Southern patriotism versus Yankee impatience," then "He was standing at that moment over a plank in the floor where there were enough 'contraband' concealed to have sent me to Fort Warren."
  [ca. 1864 September] . "An Union friend" AL to "any federal soldier who May chance find this"; [Winchester, Virginia]. (1 page)
Captured letter. Heard rumor that Northern troops planned to burn Winchester. Begs (as a pro-Union man) that it be "confined . . . to Market Street" where many Confederate sympathizers reside. Denounces "that little widow" Lee and "her gang of old maids" as spies for the Confederacy. The Shenard family is also virulently anti-Union (an acquaintance knows more information about them). Gives specifics regarding the location of Market Street as well as pro-Union areas of town.
  1897 May 28 . Mary Greenhow Lee ALS to Mrs. [Bessie Elizabeth Johnston] Gresham; Baltimore, [Maryland]. (4 pages)
Grateful for gift of roses. They remind Lee of her garden in Winchester, Virginia, which was requisitioned by General Sheridan's troops for pasturing. Remembers how Union troops had plenty of firewood for winter while local residents had none. Hopes Mrs. Gresham will be able to attend Friday's meeting. Envelope includes date of letter and brief note: "The writer was escorted out of her Winchester home by Sheridan, as being 'worse than a regiment of rebels.' The note gave such a vivid impression of the times that I have preserved it."
Folder   2  
  [1905 May 22 gift date] . Mrs. Hugh H. Lee [Mary Greenhow Lee] calling card with reddish-pink ribbon; The Shirley, [Baltimore, Maryland]. (2 pages)
On the reverse side of the calling card is a note stating "Pen with which the Ordinance of Secession in the State of Louisiana was signed. Came into Mrs. Hugh H Lee's possession, through Mrs. Dorcy [i.e. Dorsey], who gave Beauvoir, to President Davis." Attached to the calling card is a circular tag stating "Given me by Mrs Hugh H. Lee-May 22, 1905, with the original label." Envelope addressed to Mrs. Thomas B Gresham.
  [1905 May 22 gift date] . [Mary Greenhow Lee] AN and [Bessie Elizabeth Johnston Gresham] AN; s.l. ( 2 pages total)
Note apparently by Mary Greenhow Lee on the back of an envelope, and a similar note by Mrs. Gresham respecting a fringe from the First Maryland regiment (Union) captured by the First Maryland regiment (Confederate) on May 23, 1862. The fringe was given by Lee to Gresham on May 22, 1905 [fringe not present].
  1905 June 12 . [Bessie Elizabeth Johnston Gresham] AN; s.l. (2 pages)
"These are odds & ends of letters given me by Mrs. Hugh H. Lee. 2 of them are letters denouncing her, to the Yankees. There are also passes, &c &c. Her accompanying letter describes them more fully than I at this moment, that leaving for Europe, can find time to do."
  1907 May 26 . "Mrs. Mary G. Lee Dead," The Baltimore Sun. 2 columns. ()
  1907 December 21 . Laura Lee Davidson ALS to Mrs. [Bessie Elizabeth Johnston] Gresham; The Kenilworth.
Giving a Confederate flag to Mrs. Gresham, which belonged to Davidson's aunt, Laura Lee. This particular flag flew over the Lee house in Winchester and survived the war in hiding during Union occupation, before traveling with the family when they were banished. Davidson hopes Gresham will add it to her Confederate relic collection [flag not present].
  Undated . Two modern photo reproductions of a portrait photo of Mary Greenhow Lee and a street photo of Lee's house in Winchester, Virginia ("demolished 1962").