W.H.F. "Rooney" Lee
Date of Birth: May 31, 1837
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Final Wartime Rank: Major General
Final Peacetime Rank: N/A
Date of Death: October 15, 1891
Place of Death: Alexandria, VA
Chancellorsville, Brandy Station,
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
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.