- Anne, or Annie as she was called, was the second daughter and third child of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his wife, Mary Anna Custis Lee and she was the only child of the seven Lee children to die before her father. Black-haired and pretty, Annie was the least outgoing of the four Lee girls and she was extremely attached to her father, as he was to her. She lost the sight in one eye due to an accident with a pair of scissors but she managed, despite continuing ill health, to enjoy teaching slave children and she was once captured by Federal troops during the Civil War, along with her mother and her sister, Mildred. Upon Mrs. Lee's request, an exchange was made and she and her daughters were allowed (by the Union General McClellan)to pass unmolested back into Confederate territory where General Lee was personally waiting for them with open arms. Annie developed typhoid fever in the autumn of 1862 and, despite desperate measures by family members, she died. General Lee never recovered from the grief of losing his "Annie".
Annie was originally buried near Warrenton, North Carolina but, in 1994, her remains were moved to lie with her family members in the Lee Chapel and Museum in Lexington, Virginia.
Annie Carter Lee, the second daughter of Robert Edward Lee and Mary Anne Randolph Custis Lee, was born in 1839 at Arlington, the 10,000-acre plantation built by her grandfather on the Potomac River overlooking Washington, D.C. Both of her parents were native Virginians. Her mother was the only surviving child of George Washington Parke Custis, the grandson of George Washington's wife Martha. Her paternal grandmother, Ann Carter Lee, for whom she was named, was the wife of "Light Horse Harry" Lee, a Revolutionary War hero and close associate of George Washington.
Upon graduating second in his class at West Point, Robert E. Lee began his career with the Army Corps of Engineers where he was often given assignments that created extended separations from his wife and seven children. Lee strived to be a dedicated and doting father despite his absences from home. He had a special bond with Annie, whom he nicknamed "Little Raspberry" due to a reddish birthmark on her face. She was a gifted and competent young woman. However, she was shy, due to a childhood injury that disfigured an eye. She and her sister Agnes, who were known as "The Girls" by the family, were so close they were often thought of as twins.
Annie Carter Lee was twenty-three at the start of the war that left her family homeless and her father a hero. In June 1862, after the Union Army occupied their home at Arlington, Annie and Agnes were sent to a popular resort outside of Warrenton named Jones Springs (also known as White Sulphur Springs) for safety. Several months after her arrival, Annie died of typhoid fever while her father was serving as commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia. Unable to take their beloved Annie's body home across enemy lines, her mother gratefully accepted the resort owner's generous offer to lay her to rest in the nearby Jones family cemetery. General Lee visited her grave with Agnes shortly before his death during his final Southern tour in 1870.
In 1994, Lee family members requested that bring Annie Carter Lee's remains be brought back to Virginia to be reunited with her parents and siblings in the family crypt at Lee Chapel in Lexington, Virginia, where her father had served as president of Washington and Lee University after the war. The granite obelisk created in her honor by a Confederate veteran in 1866 remains behind.