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William Robertson McKee
Birth: Sep. 29, 1808
Garrard County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Feb. 23, 1847
México, Mexico

Mexican-American War Officer. A member of the prominent McKee family from Kentucky, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1829, the same class as Robert E. Lee and Joseph Johnston. During the War with Mexico, he served for the United States Army and commanded the 2nd Regiment of Kentucky Volunteers, also known as the 2nd Kentucky Foot Regiment. He was killed on the second day of the Battle of Bueana Vista on February 23, 1847, the last major engagement of the war. At the battle, he defended his position against Mexican General Santa Anna with Captain Braxton Bragg's battery and Colonel John J. Hardin's 1st Illinois Regiment. McKee was severely wounded and fell near the end of the battle. He stuggled to keep up the fight until he was overpowered by enemy forces and bayonetted to death. Lieutenant Colonel Henry Clay, Jr., the regiment's second in command, was also killed at the battle near the place that McKee fell. Several monuments were later erected in Kentucky to honor those who had fallen at the battle including those at Midway, and the cemeteries at Battle Grove and Frankfort. His grandfather, William McKee, participated in Lord Dunmore's Campaign at the Battle of Point Pleasant against the Shawnee in 1774. His father, Samuel McKee, was a Congressman from Kentucky. His son, Hugh Wilson McKee, a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, was killed in 1871 while leading a detachment of soldiers over the walls of a Korean fort on Ganghwa Island during the U.S. and Korea Campaign in 1871. (bio by: K Guy) 
Family links: 
  Samuel McKee (1774 - 1826)
  Martha Robertson McKee (1788 - 1848)
  Jane Wilson McKee (1812 - 1888)*
  George Wilson McKee (1842 - 1891)*
  Hugh Wilson McKee (1844 - 1871)*
  William Robertson McKee (1808 - 1847)
  George Robertson McKee (1810 - 1889)*
  Lucian W McKee (1847 - 1867)*
  Jane D McKee (1849 - 1927)*
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Frankfort Cemetery
Franklin County
Kentucky, USA
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Originally Created by: K Guy
Record added: Oct 11, 2007
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William Robertson McKee
Added by: K Guy
William Robertson McKee
Added by: K Guy
William Robertson McKee
Added by: K Guy
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The Examiner (KY), 19 Feb 1848: "Friday, Feb 11, SENATE: Mr. Helm, from the committee on the Sinking Fund, reported a bill for the benefit of the widow and heirs of Wm R McKee, deceased, with an amendment, which was adopted, and the bill was read a seco...(Read more)
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