I painted this picture of Gen. Robert E. Lee in 1984, from a photograph by Mathew Brady~ published in Harper’s Weekly at the time, the caption read: “This photograph shows a picture of Robert E. Lee. The picture was taken shortly after Lee’s surrender. The photograph was taken by Mathew Brady, and shows the General in his uniform. Despite his recent loss in the War, the General still stands tall and proud. ” I enjoyed painting this picture of the General tremendously, he was one of the really great men of all times. The painting belongs to one of my sons, he found a mistake, he said “General Lee did not have blue eyes.”
A family picture of Georgia Lavinia Woods Montgomery, my great grandmother, my mother Elizabeth Elder, James Andrew Montgomery our grand father, and the three little girls are Patricia, Rita Ann and Nancy Jo Elder.
Little Sweet lived during the Civil War, Spanish American War, First and Second World Wars and even saw pictures of the Atom Bomb tests. In 1861 at the start of the Civil War, her father gathered together a Confederate Cavalry Regiment From San Marcos Texas which became known as the 32nd Texas Cavalry. Dr. Woods was elected commander of the unit, and he became Colonel-Doctor Peter C. Woods.
When the war was over, Union solders came into San Marcos and took over the family plantation. Little Sweet was a ten year old but was so upset that she got a rifle and shot into them and made them scatter. A slave hid her in the woods so she wouldn’t be killed. She went on to lead an interesting life as the wife of Charles Gamewell Montgomery and mother of twelve children. Janice Woods Windle wrote True Women, a novel about this remarkable family and later CBS made a mini-series from the book. The book was great, the mini-series was not so great~ All of Little Sweet’s children had college educations which was unusual for that day and time. They were a close family so we got to know them when we were growing up.