Maj. General W. H. F. "Rooney" Lee (CSA)

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General William Henry Fitzhugh Lee

Also Known As: "Rooney", "Rooney Lee", "W.H.F. Lee", "rooney"
Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Arlington County, Virginia, United States
Death: October 15, 1891 (54)
Ravensworth, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Place of Burial: Wash. & Lee Univ, Lexington, , VA.
Immediate Family:

Son of Gen. Robert E. Lee (CSA) and Mary Ann Randolph Lee (Custis)
Husband of Mary Tabb Lee; Charlotte Georgiana Lee and Mary Tabb Lee
Father of Robert Edward Lee, III; Charlotte Carter Lee; NN Lee; Unknown Lee; Annie Agnes Lee and 6 others
Brother of Major Gen. George Washington Custis Lee (CSA); Nancy C Lee; Mary Custis Lee; Anne Carter Lee; Eleanor Agnes Lee and 2 others

Occupation: Virginia Senator, Confederat Cavalry General, Major General in the Confederate Army, cavalry
Managed by: Peter Scianna
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About Maj. General W. H. F. "Rooney" Lee (CSA)

William Henry Fitzhugh Lee (May 31, 1837 – October 15, 1891), known as Rooney Lee or W.H.F. Lee, was the second son of Robert E. Lee and Mary Anna Randolph Custis. He was a planter, a Confederate cavalry General in the American Civil War, and later a member of the U.S. Congress.

Lee was born at Arlington House in Arlington, Virginia. He attended Harvard University, and then followed in his father's footsteps, entering the United States Army in 1857 as a second lieutenant. He served with the 6th U.S. Infantry under Albert Sidney Johnston, and participated in the Utah War against the Mormons. In 1859, he resigned from the U.S. Army to operate his White House Plantation, on the south shore of the Pamunkey River, in New Kent County, Virginia.

Civil War

With the outbreak of the Civil War Lee became a captain in the Confederate Army cavalry and was soon promoted to major. He initially served in western Virginia under the command of Brig. Gen. William Loring during 1861 and early 1862. He was then placed under the command of Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, becoming a lieutenant colonel, and later colonel in the 9th Virginia Cavalry.

After the Battle of South Mountain, Lee was promoted to brigadier general. He fought at Antietam under the command of Brig. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee, his cousin. He commanded the 3rd Brigade of Stuart's Cavalry Division at the Battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. He was wounded during combat at Brandy Station at the beginning of the Gettysburg Campaign and was captured by Union forces at Hickory Hill, Virginia, two weeks later, while recuperating. He was a prisoner of war in New York State until returned to the Confederate Army on February 25, 1864. To accomplish this he was exchanged for Confederate captive Union Brig. Gen. Neal S. Dow. In April, he was promoted to major general and commanded a division in the Cavalry Corps during the breakout from Petersburg and the retreat of his father's army in the Appomattox Campaign. By the end of the war, he had risen to second-in-command of the Confederate cavalry. He surrendered along with his father at Appomattox Court House.

Postbellum career Lee returned to White House Plantation and planting after the war. Nearby, his younger brother Rob lived at Romancock Plantation across the river in King William County.

After his mother died in 1873, Rooney inherited Ravensworth Plantation, the old Fitzhugh family property (near present-day Springfield) in Fairfax County with 563 acres (2.28 km2) of land. He moved there from White House. In 1875 Rooney was elected to the Virginia Senate, serving until 1878. He was then elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1887. He served in the House until his death at Ravensworth in 1891. He is interred in the Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, with his parents and siblings.


Lee married twice, first in 1859 to Charlotte Wickham, a descendant of attorney John Wickham. They had two children, a boy and a girl, both of whom died in infancy. Charlotte died in 1863.

On November 28, 1867, he married Mary Tabb Bolling, a descendant of Colonel Robert Bolling and his second wife Anne Stith. They had two children who lived to adulthood: Robert Edward Lee, born 11 Feb 1869 at Petersburg, and George Bolling Lee, born 30 Aug 1872 at Lexington.

Lee is the step-great-great-grandson of George Washington. Lee's mother, Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee, was the great-granddaughter of Martha (Dandridge) Custis, who was a widow living at her White House Plantation in New Kent County (which Rooney Lee later inherited) when she was courted by Colonel George Washington before their marriage in 1759.

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William Henry Fitzhugh Lee (May 31, 1837 – October 15, 1891), known as Rooney Lee (often spelled "Roony" among friends and family) or W.H.F. Lee, was the second son of General Robert E. Lee and Mary Anna Randolph Custis. He was a planter, a Confederate cavalry General in the American Civil War, and later a Congressman from Virginia.[1]

Birth: May 31, 1837 Arlington Arlington County Virginia, USA Death: Oct. 15, 1891 Arlington Arlington County Virginia, USA

Civil War Confederate Major General, US Congressman. He was the son of Robert E. Lee, was commissioned into the US Army in 1857 and resigned in 1859, becoming a planter. At the start of the Civil War, he was commissioned a Captain in the Confederate Cavalry and made Major in the Western Virginia Volunteers. In April 1862, he was promoted Colonel of the 9th Virginia Cavalry Regiment and participated the Antietam Campaign. He was promoted Brigadier General and commanded the 3rd Cavalry Brigade at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and at Brandy Station where he captured. He was released in March, 1864 and was promoted as the youngest Confederate Major General in April, 1864. He commanded a Cavalry Division at Petersburg and was second in command of Cavalry at Appomattox at the end of the war. After the war, in 1887 he was elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth, Fifty-first and Fifty-second Congresses, serving until his death. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)

Family links:

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

 Charlotte Georgiana Wickham Lee (1841 - 1863)*
 Mary Tabb Bolling Lee (1846 - 1924)*

 Robert Edward Lee (1860 - 1862)*
 Charlotte Carter Lee (1862 - 1862)*
 Mary Tabb Lee (1867 - 1871)*
 William Henry Fitzhugh Lee (1867 - 1875)*
 Robert Edward Lee (1869 - 1922)*
 George Bolling Lee (1872 - 1948)*
 Annie Agnes Lee (1874 - 1874)*

 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)*
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Burial: Lee Chapel Museum Lexington Lexington City Virginia, USA

Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Jul 16, 2000 Find A Grave Memorial# 11012

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Maj. General W. H. F. "Rooney" Lee (CSA)'s Timeline

May 31, 1837
Arlington County, Virginia, United States
Age 21
Age 22
April 1861
- April 1865
Age 23
United States
Age 23
Of, Fairfax, CO, VA
Age 23
<Petersburg, Virginia>
Age 24
Of Shirley, Tyler, VA
Age 24