Edwin Gray Lee

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Edwin Gray Lee, a son-in-law of General William N. Pendleton, was born at "Leeland," Virginia, on May 27, 1836. He received his early education at Hallowell's school at Alexandria, was graduated from the College of William and Mary, and then took up the legal profession. Entering Confederate service as a 2nd lieutenant of the 2nd Virginia, he subsequently became major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel of the 33rd. He served as an aide to Stonewall Jackson at Harpers Ferry during June and July 1861, and took part in the Valley campaign of 1862, the Seven Days battles, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, and Fredericksburg. He resigned in December 1862 because of ill health, and was recommissioned colonel in 1863, and given duty in Richmond. On May 17, 1864 he was assigned to command the post at Staunton, with orders to recruit local troops for the defense of the Shenandoah. Appointed brigadier general on September 23, 1864 to rank from September 20, Lee was on November 28, 1864 given a six-months' leave of absence for his health. His nomination to the grade of brigadier was rejected by the Senate on February 24, 1865, although he apparently was continued on the army rolls until the end of the war. Shortly before, he and his wife ran the blockade and went to Montreal, where they remained until the spring of 1866. He was suffering from a "disease of the lungs," and only five years of life remained to him. He died at Yellow Sulphur Springs, Virginia, August 24, 1870, at the early age of thirty-four. He is buried in Lexington, Virginia.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.

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