Capt. Sydney Smith Lee (CSA Navy)

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Sydney Smith Lee, Sr.

Also Known As: "Smith"
Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Strafford Plantation, Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States
Death: July 22, 1869 (66)
Alexandria, Alexandria County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Alexandria, Alexandria County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Maj. Gen. Henry Lee, "Light Horse Harry", Governor of Virginia and Anne Hill Carter
Husband of Anna Maria Murray Lee
Father of Unknown Lee; Maj. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee (CSA); Sydney Smith Lee, Jr.; Major John Mason Lee (CSA); Capt. Henry Carter Lee (CSA) and 4 others
Brother of Elizabeth Lee; Greene Lee; Algernon Sidney Lee; Unnamed Lee; William Thomas Lee and 5 others
Half brother of Nathaniel Green Lee; Philip Ludwell Lee; Lucy Grymes Carter and Henry "Black Horse Harry" Lee IV

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About Capt. Sydney Smith Lee (CSA Navy)

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

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