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New Orleans - CBD: Lee Circle - Robert E. Lee Monument The Robert E. Lee Monument, a 60-foot marble doric column, topped by a 12-foot state of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, sits in the center of Lee Circle near the Pontchartrain Expressway. The 250-foot diameter circular plot of land, encircled by St. Charles Avenue in its 900 and 1000 blocks was named after Robert E. Lee by the New Orleans City Council in 1877. Dedicated on February 23, 1884.