Lieutenant Colonel William Fitzhugh Lee

(1832-1861)

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Lt. Col. William Fitzhugh Lee was born in Richmond, Virginia on April 27, 1832. He was the only son of Rev. William Fitzhugh Lee, a brother of Edmund Lee. Lee was a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1853. On August 1, 1856, Lee received a commission as 2nd Lt. of the 2nd US Infantry from Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. During his tenure with the 2nd Infantry Lee served with Capt. J. E. B. Stuart at Fort Leavenworth. On September 15, 1850 William Fitzhugh Lee married Lily Parran, the daughter of Dr. Richard Parran of Shepherdstown. Following the Commonwealth of Virginia’s secession from the Union, Lee resigned his commission on April 30, 1861. Lee offered his services to the Confederacy and he was given a commission as Captain of the 33rd Virginia Regiment, 2nd Virginia Brigade. On July 21, 1861 Captain Lee received a mortal wound in the breast at First Manassas while acting as "field lieutenant-colonel" of the regiment. On July 29, 1861 he died of his wounds. William Fitzhugh Lee was a cousin of both Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Edmond Jennings Lee II of Shepherdstown. Edmond Jennings Lee II was the father of Confederate Brigadier General Edwin Gray Lee, born in Shepherdstown, who was the only Jefferson County native to attain the rank of general in the Confederate Army. Union General David Hunter ordered that the Lee mansion “Bedford” be burned at the same time as “Fountain Rock.”

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