Account of Robert E. Lee's final illness and death
On Wednesday, the 28th of September, Gen Lee was more than usually occupied with his College duties, and in the afternoon presided over a meeting of the vestry of his church, ai which most important matters were considered, considered, and which was protracted for three hours. While sitting at the tea table, thai evening, he was taken suddenly ill, and the most serious fears were entertained concerning him. But the next day he rallied, and continued continued to improve until Monday, October the 10th, when he grew worse, and gradual!*, passed away. His eminent physicians (Drs H. T. Barton, and It. L. Madison) give the the following as the proximate cause of hi> death : "Merits] and physical fatigue inducing venous congestion of the brain, which, however, however, never proceeded as far as Apoplexy or Paralysis, Paralysis, but gradually caused cerebral exhaustion exhaustion and death."