C.S.N., Midshipman.V.M.I., 1860-61.
Brother of the late General Fitzhugh Lee. Son of Sydney Smith and Ann Maria Mason Lee. On Board of Visitors of the Soldier's Home R.E. Lee Camp No.1
Residence Fredericksburg, Va.
Appointed Active Midshipman Aug. 1861; Midshipman June 4, 1863; Past
Stationed as Lieut. on C.S.N. receiving ship "United States", Norfolk, Va. 1861; aboard the ironclad "Richmond", James River 1862 and 1863; C.S.N. steamer "Chicora", Charleston Harbor; schooner "Patrick Henry", James River 1864; C.S.N. cruiser "Chicamauga" 1864 and 1865.
Assigned as Lieut. in charge of attachment of sailors from the "Chicora" to man batteries of Mechanicsville Road, in port of Richmond; participated in the Cold Harbor engagement at Petersburg; ran the U.S. Naval blockade and was in the attack on the U.S.N. monitor "Galeans" at Drewey's Bluff. He took part in the famous naval fight at Hampton Road (Monitor and Merrimac); ran the Naval blockade batteries at Newport news twice from Norfolk to Richmond aboard the steamer "Jamestown". During the second run, at Hampton Roads, his ship captured 2 boats and 1 schooner with supplies for the U.S. Army
in Hampton Creek.
Lee saw more action during the naval attack on Fort Sumpter and nearby batteries; he ordered an expedition under Captain Wood; captured the U.S.N. steamer "Underwriter" under Captain Miner. At Plymouth, N.C., he assisted in the capture of that town. At Fort Fisher, he ran the U.S. naval blockade in the "Chicamauga".
At the fall of Richmond, Lee was wounded and captured at Sailors Creek but soon escaped, and joined the C.S. Cavalry. He was then made Captain and Aide-de-Camp to his brother, Major Gen. Fitzhugh Lee; remained with this Command until the Surrender.
Ann Eliza Ficklen Lee
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