Fitzhugh Lee

Major General

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Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.

Fitzhugh Lee, a nephew of General Robert E. Lee and, on his mother's side, of General Samuel Cooper, was born at "Clermont," Fairfax County, Virginia, November 19, 1835. He was graduated forty-fifth in a class of forty-nine at West Point in 1856. He was wounded on frontier duty in an Indian fight, and was in 1861 at the Military Academy as an assistant instructor of tactics. He resigned his 1st lieutenant's commission in May 1861 to enter Confederate service with the same rank. He was on the staff of Joseph E. Johnston at First Manassas, and became lieutenant colonel of the 1st Virginia Cavalry in August 1861; brigadier general for services during the Peninsular campaign on July 24, 1862; and major general to rank from August 3, 1863, following the Pennsylvania invasion. An especial favorite of General J. E. B. Stuart, Lee played a gallant part in all of the operations of the Cavalry Corps, particularly distinguishing himself at Spotsylvania Court House, where the stand of his division made it possible for the 1st Corps to secure the strategic crossroads in advance of Grant's arrival with the main Federal column. After Wade Hampton was ordered to North Carolina in January 1865, Lee commanded the remnant of the Cavalry Corps until Appomattox. After the war he engaged in farming in Stafford County, Virginia; was elected governor of the state in 1885; and after his defeat for the United States Senate in 1893, was appointed consul-general at Havana by Cleveland. At the outbreak of the war with Spain he was commissioned major general of United States Volunteers, and once again donned the blue uniform which he had put off in 1861. After serving creditably he was retired with rank of brigadier general, U.S.A., in 1901. General Lee died at Washington, April 28, 1905, and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond.

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