Sydney Smith Lee, Sr. (1802 - 1869) MP

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Nicknames: "Smith"
Birthplace: Strafford Plantation, Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Alexandria, Alexandria County, Virginia, United States
Managed by: Michael Joseph Gerst
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About Sydney Smith Lee, Sr.

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Sydney Smith Lee (September 2, 1802-July 22, 1869) - was an American naval officer and older brother to Gen. Robert E. Lee. He was the third child of Maj. General Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee and Anne Hill Carter.

Lee was born at Stratford Plantation, Westmoreland County, Virginia on September 2, 1802. At the age of 18 on December 30, 1820 he was appointed midshipman in the US Navy and 8 years later promoted to lieutenant on May 17, 1828. During the Mexican War, he was stationed at Vera Cruz. He was promoted to commander on June 4. 1850 and accompanied Commodore Perry to Japan in 1853, commanding his flagship.

He served as commandant at the US Naval Academy and Philadelphia Navy Yard. He resigned from the service on April 17, 1861, the day Virginia seceded though his resignation was not accepted. After dismission on April 22, 1861 he accepted commission as commander in the Confederate States Navy.

When the US Navy abandoned the Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, Virginia, Sydney became the commander there. When Union forces regained it, Sydney was put in charge of batteries at Drewry's Bluffs, Virginia. On May 6, 1864, he became chief of the Confederate Navy's Bureau of Orders and Detail, replacing Captain John K. Mitchell. Sidney was promoted to captain, and remained at this post until the end of the war.

Sidney Smith Lee died at Richlands, Virginia, on July 22, 1869. His wife was Anne Marie Mason of Virginia. One of their sons was Fitzhugh Lee a Confederate major general, governor of Virginia, and a major general of volunteers during the Spanish American War.



      
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Capt. Sydney Smith Lee (CSA Navy)'s Timeline

1802
September 2, 1802
Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States
1832
1832
Age 29
<Virginia>
1835
November 19, 1835
Age 33
Fairfax County, Virginia, United States
1837
February 10, 1837
Age 34
Georgetown, D.C.
1839
January 24, 1839
Age 36
Fairfax Co., Va
1842
January 7, 1842
Age 39
Fairfax County, Virginia, United States
1843
July 14, 1843
Age 40
Alexandria,Fairfax Co,Virginia
1848
November 17, 1848
Age 46
Fairfax Co., Va
1853
February 17, 1853
Age 50
Fairfax, Virginia, United States
1869
July 22, 1869
Age 66
Alexandria, Alexandria County, Virginia, United States