Fitzhugh Lee - General, Governor and Nephew of Robert E. Lee

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Apr 11, 2016
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Fitzhugh Lee Sr.:
Born: November 19, 1835
Birthplace: Clermont Plantation Fairfax County Virginia
Father: Sydney Smith Lee 1802 – 1869
(Buried: Old Christ Church Cemetery Alexandria Virginia)
Mother: Anna Maria Mason 1811 – 1896
(Buried: Old Christ Church Cemetery Alexandria Virginia)
Wife: Ellen Bernard Fowle 1853 – 1933
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery Richmond Virginia)
Colonel Fitzhugh Lee Jr. 1875 – 1954
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery Richmond Virginia)
Ellen Bernard Lee Rhea 1873 – 1959
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery Richmond Virginia)
Anna Lee 1872 – 1872
Colonel George Mason Lee 1877 – 1934
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery Richmond Virginia)
1856: Graduated from West Point Military Academy – (45th in class)
1856 – 1861: Served in United States Cavalry rising to 2nd Lt.
1859: Severely Wounded in a fight at Nescutunga Texas
1860 – 1861: Instructor of Cavalry Tactics West Point Military Academy
Civil War Career:
1861: Lt. And Staff officer during the First Battle of Bull Run
1861 – 1862: Lt. Colonel of 1st Virginia Cavalry
1862: Colonel of 1st Virginia Cavalry
1862 – 1863: Brigadier General of Confederate Army Cavalry
1862: Participated in the Maryland Campaign
1863: Participated in the Battle of Kelly's Ford
1863: Participated in the Battle of Chancellorsville
1863: Incapacitated by inflammatory rheumatism for a month
1863: Participated in JEB Stuart's ride around Gettysburg
1863 – 1865: Major General of Confederate Army Cavalry
1864: Participated in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns
1864: Participated in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign
1864: Wounded during the Third Battle of Winchester Virginia
1865: Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia Cavalry
1865: Led the last confederate charge of cavalry at Farmville Virginia
Occupation after War:
Farmer in Stafford County Virginia
1875: Attended the Battle of Bunker Hill Centennial
1885: Member of Board of Visitors of West Point Military Academy
1885: Commander of third division Presidential Inaugural Parade
1886 – 1890: Governor of Virginia
1893: Commander of third division Presidential Inaugural Parade
1896 – 1898: United States Counsel General at Havana Cuba
1898 – 1901: Major General of United States Volunteers
1899: Military Governor of Havana and Pinar del Rio Cuba
1899 – 1901: Commander of U.S. Army Department of Missouri
Member of the Jamestown Exposition Committee

Died: April 28, 1905
Place of Death: Washington D.C.
Cause of Death: Apoplexy
Age at time of Death: 69 years old
Burial Place: Hollywood Cemetery Richmond Virginia

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Aug 25, 2013
Hannover, Germany
Thanks for sharing! Fitzhugh Lee is one of the characters that are all too easily overlooked.

Maybe some might be interested to know that Fitzhugh Lee was the nephew of Robert E. Lee, the son of Robert E. Lee's older brother Sidney Smith Lee, former commandant of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis and after Virginia's secession a Captain in the Confederate Navy.

Fitzhugh Lee published a biography of his (even more) famous uncle Robert E. Lee, which is free for download on
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Aug 25, 2013
Hannover, Germany
Here comes a bit more about Fitzhugh Lee, that may illustrate his character. This is from the introduction to the 1989 edition of his book "General Lee", about "Uncle Bob" :wink:.
From what is described here about the younger Lee's conduct at West Point, Uncle Bob was obviously not too pleased about the amount of demerits young "Fitz" earned there, especially as he did so while his uncle was superintendent at West Point. Twice Fitz escaped a court martial only at hair's breadth.

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Bruce Vail

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Jul 8, 2015
He may have been a fun-loving guy from a famous family, but he was instrumental in the politics of the 1880s when he led unreconstructed Confederates, conservatives, and reactionary Democrats in defeating the racially progressive Readjuster Party in Virginia once and for all, putting Virginia in the hands of Jim Crow (and Ku Klux Klan) for decades to come.