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This Day in Georgia History

April 01, 1870

Robert E. Lee Arrived in Savannah

After a two-day stay in Augusta, Robert E. Lee and his daughter arrived in Savannah to be greeted by thundering ovations. The ailing 63-year-old hero had come to Savannah for a brief vacation in hopes of restoring his declining health. Arriving at the home of his host, Gen. Alexander Lawton, Lee was greeted with cheering crowds and two brass bands that played such songs as “Dixie,” “Hail to the Chief,” and “The Bonnie Blue Flag” late into the night. Unable to sleep with all the celebration outside, Lee finally had to depart out the back door and spend the night at the home of Andrew Low.

To view an image of the house where Lee stayed in Savannah, see the Digital Library of Georgia.