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Samuel Phillips Lee
Birth: Feb. 14, 1812
Death: Jun. 5, 1897

Civil War Union Navy Rear Admiral. He was born in Fairfax County, Virginia, to one of the most revered families in the state, and the country. His grandfather was Founding Father Richard Henry Lee and his third cousin was General Robert Edward Lee. Appointed a Midshipman in the U.S. Navy in November 1825, his early career was spent cruising all over the world. He was known as a troublesome officer and was suspended from duty as First Lieutenant of the Peacock by Commodore Charles Wilkes during an 1830s Pacific cruise. (Wilkes would later be known for his actions in the Trent Affair during the Civil War.) Always aware of his families honor, he was involved in several duels and killed a man on a Mississippi steamboat. In 1841 he was transferred to the Coast Survey, however, he was soon seeing action again during the Mexican War serving as commander of the Washington. On hydrographic duty in 1851, he commanded the Dolphin on an oceanographic research voyage throughout the Atlantic that provided much valuable data. In 1861 he was taking the sloop of war Vandalia around the Cape of Good Hope when he heard that the Civil War had started; on his own authority he brought his ship back and it was assigned to the blockade of Charleston. He was highly successful on blockade duty and received over a $100,000 in prize money. Commanding his squadron over 2 years his fleet grew from 48 to more than 100 craft. In 1862 he commanded one of the 3 gunboats that David G. Farragut sent to run past the forts protecting New Orleans and then to engage the Confederate fleet. He also participated in the naval action at Vicksburg. In September 1862 he was made acting Rear Admiral and assigned to command the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron operating off Virginia and North Carolina. He was successful at this, in part because he intercepted ships that got through the primary blockade by stationing another cordon of ships out at sea. But because Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles did not consider him to be aggressive enough, he was sent in 1864 to command the Mississippi Squadron, where he in fact performed perfectly well in supporting the campaign of General George H. Thomas against the troops of General John B. Hood along the Cumberland and Tennessee rivers. After the war, he served on various boards and on post duty. Promoted to full Rear Admiral on 1870, he retired 3 years later. Two United States Naval ships have been named in his honor. Though he never gained the reputation of his Confederate cousin, he does deserve recognition as a competent professional naval officer. Interred with him is his wife, Elizabeth Blair Lee, the only daughter of Francis Preston Blair and sister of Francis Preston Blair, Jr., and Montgomery Blair. Of historical note, the home that he and Elizabeth lived in was given to them by her father as a wedding gift. Francis P. Blair had it built beside his home, which was located across the street from the White House. Today, both homes are used as one and known as Blair House, the official residence of visiting dignitataries. (bio by: Ugaalltheway) 
 
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 Parents:
  Francis Lightfoot Lee (1782 - 1850)
  Jane Fitzgerald Lee (____ - 1816)
 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Blair Lee (1818 - 1906)
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 1, Lot 216
 
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Record added: Oct 12, 2000
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