Mary "Daughter" Lee
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-65)
Date of Birth: 1835
Date of Death: 1918
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Parents: Robert E. Lee
Mary Anna Custis Lee
Relatives: George Washington Parke Custis (grandfather)
Turtledove Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Confederate States
Political Office(s): First Lady of the CSA
Mary Custis "Daughter" Lee (1835-1918) was the eldest daughter of General Robert E. Lee and Mary Anna Custis Lee, and their second eldest child. She outlived all of her siblings, and in her twilight years was quite vocal about being the last surviving child of Robert E. Lee. Based on the records available, she was somewhat aloof and "bossy". She spent most of her adult life traveling the world. She never married.

Mary "Daughter" Lee in The Guns of the SouthEdit

Mary Custis "Daughter" Lee was the eldest daughter of General Robert E. Lee and Mary Anna Custis Lee. Due to her mother's disability from rheumatism, "Daughter" Lee took on many of the tasks of running the Lee household on her mother's behalf during the Second American Revolution. After General Lee was elected President of the Confederate States, he reflected that being the hostess of the fortnightly levee he continued to hold would have fallen on his daughter even if his wife had not been brutally murdered during an attempt on his life.[1]

Mary, along with the President's aide Charles Marshall "conspired" to gain access to medicinal nitroglycerin from Colonel George Rains at the powder works in Augusta, Georgia.[2]


  1. The Guns of the South, pg. 461.
  2. Ibid.
Political offices
(The Guns of the South)
Preceded by
Mary Custis Lee
First Lady of the Confederate States
Succeeded by
Incumbent at novel's end