Capt. Robert "Rob" E. Lee, Jr. (CSA)

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Robert Edward Lee, Jr.

Also Known As: "Rob"
Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Arlington Plantation, Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia, United States
Death: October 19, 1914 (70)
Lexington, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Lexington, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Gen. Robert E. Lee (CSA) and Mary Ann Randolph Lee (Custis)
Husband of Charlotte Taylor Lee and Juliet Lee
Father of Anne Carter Ely and Mary Custis DeButts
Brother of Major Gen. George Washington Custis Lee (CSA); Nancy C Lee; Mary Custis Lee; Maj. General W. H. F. "Rooney" Lee (CSA); Anne Carter Lee and 2 others

Occupation: soldier, farmer, businessman, author, Captain of the Confederate Army, CSA Rockbridge Artillery
Managed by: James Hutchison
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About Capt. Robert "Rob" E. Lee, Jr. (CSA),_Jr.

Robert Edward Lee, Jr. (October 27, 1843 – October 19, 1914) was the youngest son of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and 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 River from 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 Academy at 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 War broke out in 1861, his father and his two older brothers, Custis and Rooney, all chose to serve Virginia in 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 Artillery in 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 general and aide-de-camp to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and was involved in defending Richmond, Virginia.

All four Lees survived the Civil War. After the war, Rob lived at Romancock Plantation on the north bank of the Pamunkey River in 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.

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.

Robert E. Lee, Jr. died in 1914. He was interred with his parents and siblings in the Lee Chapel in Lexington, Virginia, where his father and brother Custis each had served as a president of the school now known as Washington and Lee University.

Birth: Oct. 27, 1843 Arlington Arlington County Virginia, USA Death: Oct. 19, 1914 Upperville Fauquier County Virginia, USA

Robert E. Lee, Jr. was the sixth child and third son of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his wife, Mary Anna Custis Lee. When his father first laid eyes on his namesake he said: "He has a long fine nose like his father, but no whiskers." Rob, as he was called, was a favorite of his father and he used to get into bed with the General in the mornings for talking sessions. A rather laid-back person, with simple tastes, Rob attended boarding schools during the 1850s and, unlike his two older brothers, he did not want to have a military career. However, when the Civil War was in progress, he enlisted as a private (1862) and then he was eventually appointed a Captain. He inherited the Romancock property from his grandfather and he retired there after the war, later writing Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee which was published in 1904. This work remains an important source for reference to this day. Rob married twice; he married his first wife, Charlotte Haxall, in November of 1871 and then, after Charlotte's death, he married Juliet Carter (April 6, 1860 - Nov. 17, 1915). Juliet is buried beside Rob in the Lee family crypt in Lexington, Va.

Family links:

 Robert Edward Lee (1807 - 1870)
 Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee (1808 - 1873)

 Charlotte Taylor Haxall Lee (1848 - 1872)*
 Juliet Carter Lee (1860 - 1915)*

 Anne Carter Lee Ely (1897 - 1978)*
 Mary Custis Lee DeButts (1900 - 1994)*

 George Washington Custis Lee (1832 - 1913)*
 Mary Custis Lee (1835 - 1918)*
 William Henry Fitzhugh Lee (1837 - 1891)*
 Anne Carter Lee (1839 - 1862)**
 Anne Carter Lee (1839 - 1862)*
 Eleanor Agnes Lee (1841 - 1873)*
 Robert Edward Lee (1843 - 1914)
 Mildred Childe Lee (1845 - 1905)*
  • Calculated relationship
    • Half-sibling

Burial: Lee Chapel Museum Lexington Lexington City Virginia, USA

Created by: Kathleen Record added: Nov 15, 2003 Find A Grave Memorial# 8090239

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Capt. Robert "Rob" E. Lee, Jr. (CSA)'s Timeline

October 27, 1843
Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia, United States
July 22, 1897
Age 53
Virginia, United States
December 23, 1900
Age 57
Richmond, Virginia, United States
October 19, 1914
Age 70
Lexington, Virginia, United States
Children, Anne, Carter, Lee
Lexington, Virginia, United States