Edwin Gray Lee"Ned"
(1836 - 1870)
Home State: Virginia
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 33rd Virginia Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
After finishing Law school at Washington Collecge (now Washignton and Lee University), he practiced in Shepherdstown, (now West) Virginia.
At the War's start he was Second Lieutenant in Company B, 2nd Virginia Infantry, which soon became part of the Stonewall Brigade. Lee served as an aide to Col. Thomas J. Jackson during June and July 1861. Following the First Manassas, he was promoted to Major of the 33rd Virginia Infantry. He was elected Lieutenant Colonel on April 22, 1862. He served with his regiment during Jackson's Valley Campaign of 1862, the Seven Days battles, at Second Manassas and Cedar Mountain.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was in poor health at Sharpsburg, and was captured there, but was paroled on Sept. 26, 1862.
The remainder of the War:
He rejoined his Regiment at Fredericksburg on Dec. 13, 1862, but his health forced him to resign shortly after the battle. In 1863, his health improved, he returned to active duty, and was appointed Colonel on Nov. 12, 1863 on the staff of Gen. Robert Ransom Jr. in the Richmond defenses. He subsequently recruited troops and fought in defence of the Shenandoah Valley.
He was promoted to Brigadier General on Sept. 23, 1864 and then served with Gen. Rosser in the cavalry in the Valley. In November 1864 he took sick leave, and in December he and his wife Susan, the daughter of Gen. William N. Pendleton, ran the blockade to Canada on a secret service mission. They remained in Montreal until the spring of 1866 before returning to Virginia.
After the War:
General Lee continued to suffer from disease of the lungs and died at Yellow Sulphur Springs, vainly seeking a cure, at only 34 years of age.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Source: a concise biography in the 10 October 1999 Lexington (Va) News-Gazette, by Bob Driver.
|Birth Date: 5/27/1836 Place of Birth: Jefferson County, VA |
College: William & Mary ('52), Washington College Law Graduating Year: 1859
Death Date: 8/24/1870 Death Place: Yellow Sulphur Springs, VA Burial Place: Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, Lexington, VA
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