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Confederate (CSA)

Private

Robert Edward Lee, Jr

"Rob"

(1843 - 1916)

Home State: Virginia

Education: U of Va

Command Billet: none

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Rockbridge (VA) Artillery

Before Sharpsburg

Lees' youngest son and the sixth child. He entered the University of Virginia in the fall of 1860, and enlisted in the Rockbridge Artillery in 1862.

On the Campaign

Serving a gun as an artilleryman attached to SD Lee' battalion, he later wrote

"as we were ordered to cease firing from the last position we took, and the breathless cannoneers were leaning on their guns, General Lee and staff galloped up, and from this point of vantage scanned the movements of the enemy and of our forces. The general reined in 'Traveller' close by my gun, not fifteen feet from me."

General Lee "dropped his glass to his side and ... seeing a much-begrimed artillery-man, sponge-staff in hand, said: 'Well, my man, what can I do for you?'" Pvt Lee, Jr. replied, " 'Why, general, don't you know me? "

"He, of course, at once recognized me, and was very much amused at my appearance and most glad to see that I was safe and well."
(from Recollections..)

The rest of the War

He was later appointed a Captain and served as aide to his oldest brother G. W. Custis Lee, largely on President Davis' staff in Richmond.

After the War

In 1904 he published Recollections of General Robert E. Lee by His Capt. Robert E. Lee, Jr., (New York: Doubleday) - a significant reference on General Lee.

Birth

1843 in VA

Death

1916