Robert E. Lee on Traveller
Adam Plecker with Michael Miley
Rockbridge County, ca. 1866-68
Carbon print signed Miley & Son on original mount
This famous image probably marks the beginning of Miley's career as a photographer. It is one of two portraits that
resulted from a sitting with Lee in 1866 at Rockbridge Baths, where Miley worked in collaboration with Adam Plecker.
It is one of only a few photographs of Lee on his horse, Traveller.
Robert E. Lee did not attend Confederate reunions and after Appomattox was ambivalent about being portrayed as
a soldier. He poses here as a general and wears his uniform, but the insignia have been removed.
This image was retouched by Plecker and reissued in several variations. Following the work with Miley, Plecker was
active as a photographer in Lynchburg.
Image rights owned by the Virginia Historical Society.
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