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Lee, Fitzhugh

Born: 1835 AD
Died: 1905 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: General, Politician

1835 – Born in Fairfax County, Virginia on the 19th of November.

1856 – Graduating from the U.S. Military Academy, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Cavalry, which was commanded by Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston, and in which his uncle, Robert E. Lee, was lieutenant colonel.

1859 – He distinguished himself by his gallant conduct in actions against the Comanches in Texas, and was severely wounded in a fight in Nescutunga, Texas.

1860 – In May, he was appointed instructor of cavalry at West Point, but resigned his commission upon the secession of Virginia.

1861 – He was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the 1st Virginia Cavalry in August, serving under Colonel J.E.B. Stuart.

1862 – Lee became colonel of the regiment in March and was promoted to brigadier general on the 24th of July.

         – Lee performed well in the Maryland Campaign, covering the Confederate infantry’s withdrawal from South Mountain,

1863 – He conducted the cavalry action of Kelly’s Ford with skill and success, where his 400 troopers captured 150 men and horses with a loss of only 14 men.

         – Lee was promoted to major general on the 3rd of August.

1864 – He was constantly employed as a divisional commander under Stuart, and, after Stuart’s death, under Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton.

1875 – He attended the Battle of Bunker Hill centennial at Boston and delivered a remarkable address.

1885 – He was a member of the board of visitors of West Point.

1886 – He was governor of Virginia.

1896 – In April, Lee was appointed consul-general at Havana by President Grover Cleveland, with duties of a diplomatic and military character added to the usual consular business.

1899 – He was military governor of Havana and Pinar del Rio, subsequently commanded the Department of the Missouri.

1901 – Retired as a brigadier general, U.S. Army.

1905 – Died on the 18th of April in Washington, D.C., and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.