Investigations

Lee Family Doll

The Case:

A retired school principal owns a beautiful, antique and rare "Greiner" doll.

Pinned to its dress is a note saying the doll once belonged to a former slave of the legendary Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

1861: the eve of the American Civil War. U.S. Army Colonel Robert E. Lee makes a fateful decision to resigns his commission to take command of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. For four million African-American slaves his quitting the Union means that Lee will spend the next four years defending the indefensible: the slave-holding south.

Our contributor's grandson joins History Detectives to help his grandmother uncover the true story behind the doll and its legacy and explore the complex and intriguing story behind General Lee's relationship with slavery.


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Aired:
Season 3, Episode 9

Detective:
Tukufu Zuberi Location:
Brookeville, Maryland

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