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Name:William Fitzhugh Lee
Affiliation:Class of 1853
Biography & Genealogy:William Fitzhugh Lee, Class of 1853. Genealogy: Born- April 1832, in Richmond, Virginia. Father- Revd. William F. Lee; Mother- Mary Catherine Syme Chilton. Paternal Grandparents: not in our records. Maternal Grandfather- William Chilton; Maternal Grandmother- Sally Powell. Married- Lily Parran of Shepherdstown, WV in 1859; they had one child- Laura Morgan (Laura married U. S. Army officer Col. William A. Simpson, she died in 1895 leaving 4 children).
Childhood: Revd. Lee died when William was five years old; lived in Alexandria and with his uncle, Edmund J. Lee, of Shepherdstown, WV; at ten entered the Episcopal High School in Alexandria and afterward the Fairfax Institute. VMI Record: Enrolled on October 7, 1850 from Alexandria, VA, listing his mother as his parent/guardian; graduated on July 4, 1853, standing 17th out of 25 graduates. Pre-Civil War Career: Briefly worked as a civil engineer and then taught school in Fauquier Co., VA; Received commission as 2nd Lt., 2d Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army, in June 1855; during the 1850's he was stationed at various frontier posts including Fort Lookout and Fort Randall. Civil War: When war began resigned his U. S. Army commission and returned to Virginia to join Confederate Army; trained recruits at Harper's Ferry and was a drillmaster and recruiting officer near Romney; commissioned Lt. Col., 33rd Virginia Infantry Regiment; mortally wounded at the First Battle of Manassas and died July 21, 1861.
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