- Robert E. Lee, Jr.
Robert Edward Lee, Jr. (
October 27, 1843- October 19, 1914) was the youngest son of Confederate General Robert E. Leeand Mary Anna Custis, and the sixth of their seven children. He became a soldier, farmer, businessman, and author.
Known as "Rob", his boyhood home was Arlington House (where he was born) across the
Potomac Riverfrom Washington, D.C.He attended boarding schools during much of the 1850s, initially while his father, a career man in the U.S. Army, was serving as Superintendent of the United States Military Academyat West Point, New York. Unlike his father and two older brothers, Rob never served in the United States Army, and apparently had not contemplated a military career. In 1860, Rob enrolled at the University of Virginia.
However, when the
American Civil Warbroke out in 1861, his father and his two older brothers, Custis and Rooney, all chose to serve Virginiain the Confederate Army. To his mother's dismay, the following year, Rob joined them in wearing the Confederate Grey. Initially, Rob served as a private in the Rockbridge Artilleryin 1862. After the Battle of Sharpsburg, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to serve as aide to his older brother Custis, who was a major generaland aide-de-campto Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and was involved in defending Richmond, Virginia. [ [http://www.historynet.com/historical_figures/3038726.html Robert E. Lee and His Horse » HistoryNet - From the Worlds Largest History Magazine Publisher ] at www.historynet.com]
All four Lees survived the Civil War. After the war, Rob lived at
Romancock Plantationon the north bank of the Pamunkey Riverin King William County, Virginia, which was his inheritance from his grandfather George Washington Parke Custis. Romancock was located approximately four miles from the Town of West Point. He went into private business.
Robert E. Lee, Jr. was married twice. In November, 1871, he married Charlotte Haxall. They had no children together. After her death, in 1894, he married Juliet Carter. With his second wife, he had two daughters,
Anne Carter Leeand Mary Custis Lee.
Rob became an author and recorded his memories of his family and life in "Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee", which was published in 1904. The first-hand account provides a valuable source of information on day-to-day life at Arlington House during his youth, and includes many items of interest regarding his father's entire life. (see link for online portion of this book below)
Robert E. Lee, Jr. died in 1914. He was interred with his parents and siblings in the
Lee Chapelin Lexington, Virginia, where his father and brother Custis each had served as a president of the school now known as Washington and Lee University.
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Robert E. Lee
3= 3. Mary Anna Randolph Custis
Henry Lee III
5= 5. Anne Hill Carter
George Washington Parke Custis
7= 7. Mary Lee Fitzhugh
Henry Lee II
9= 9. Lucy Grymes
10= 10. Charles Carter
11= 11. Ann Butler Moore
John Parke Custis
13= 13. Eleanor Calvert
15= 15. Anne Randolph
Henry Lee I
17= 17. Mary Bland
18= 18. Charles Grymes
19= 19. Frances Jennings
20= 20. John Carter
21= 21. Elizabeth Hill
22= 22. Bernard Moore
23= 23. Anne Catherine Spotswood
Daniel Parke Custis
25= 25. Martha Dandridge
26= 26. Benedict Swingate Calvert
27= 27. Elizabeth Calvert Butler
28= 28. Henry Fitzhugh
29= 29. Lucy Carter
30= 30. Peter Randolph
31= 31. Lucy Bolling
* [http://www.nps.gov/archive/arho/tour/history/bios/robleejr.html Biographical Sketch, National Park Service]
* [http://www.historyofwar.org/sources/acw/lee_letters/intro.html "Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee" online version]
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