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W.H.F. "Rooney" Lee

Date of Birth:      May 31, 1837
Hometown:         Arlington, VA
Education:           Harvard University
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     October 15, 1891
Place of Death:    Alexandria, VA
Buried At:           Lexington, VA

Major Battles:        Antietam Campaign, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Brandy Station, Siege of Petersburg, Appomattox Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    William Henry Fitzhugh "Rooney" Lee, was the second son of Robert, and Mary, Lee.  Unlike his father, and brother, George Washington Custis Lee, Rooney would graduate from Harvard University.  From there he would be commissioned directly into the U.S. Army.  He would resign two years later, in 1859, to engage in farming.  With the secession of the Virginia, Lee would quickly enlist in the Confederate Army, and would be quickly appointed to the colonelcy of the 9th Virginia Cavalry. With this assignment, he would be tied to J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry corps, with the Army of Northern Virginia, for the entire war.  He would be promoted brigadier general, on September 15, 1862.  At the Battle of Brandy Station, he would be severely wounded, and while recovering, would be captured, and imprisoned.  Exchanged, in March 1864, he would be promoted major general, and would have a prominent role in the upcoming battles in Virginia. He would surrender his cavalry, at Appomattox Court House.  After the war, he would return to farming.  Lee would also be elected as a state senator in Virginia, and to the U.S. Congress in 1887.

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