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E. G. Lee

E. G. Lee

Confederate (CSA)


Edwin Gray Lee


(1836 - 1870)

Home State: Virginia

Education: William & Mary ('52), Washington College Law, Class of 1859

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 33rd Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

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.

On the Campaign

He was in poor health at Sharpsburg, and was captured there, but was paroled on Sept. 26, 1862.

The rest 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 & notes

Source: a concise biography in the 10 October 1999 Lexington (Va) News-Gazette, by Bob Driver.


5/27/1836; Jefferson County, VA


8/24/1870; Yellow Sulphur Springs, VA; burial in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, Lexington, VA