Edwin Gray Lee
|Edwin Gray Lee|
May 27, 1836|
Shepherdstown, Virginia (now West Virginia)
|Died||August 24, 1870
Yellow Sulphur Springs, Virginia
|Place of burial||Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, Lexington, Virginia|
|Allegiance||Confederate States of America|
|Service/branch||Confederate States Army|
|Years of service||1861–1864|
|Commands held||33rd Virginia Infantry|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|Relations||First cousin once removed of Robert E. Lee|
Edwin Gray Lee (May 27, 1836 – August 24, 1870) was an American soldier from Virginia and a Confederate brigadier general during the American Civil War. He was a member of the Lee family and first cousin once removed of Robert E. Lee.
Lee was born to Edmund Jennings Lee II and Henrietta Bedinger at their home Bedford in Shepherdstown, Virginia (now West Virginia). Lee's grandfather, Edmund Jennings Lee, Sr., was a brother of American Revolutionary War General Light Horse Harry Lee. His father was a lawyer and, unlike many of Lee's relatives, stayed out of public life. His father was opposed to Virginia seceding from the United States.
Edwin married Susan Pendleton, daughter of Confederate General William N. Pendleton on November 16, 1856. They had no children.
During the Civil War, he initially served as an aide to Col. Thomas J. Jackson, and was at the First Battle of Bull Run, was in Jackson's Valley Campaign of 1862, the Seven Days Battles, Second Battle of Bull Run, and Battle of Cedar Mountain. He was captured at the Battle of Antietam, and later paroled. He then fought at Battle of Fredericksburg, and, following health issues, was appointed Colonel on November 12, 1863 on the staff of Gen. Robert Ransom Jr. in the Richmond defenses, and later in the Shenandoah Valley. He was promoted to Brigadier General on September 23, 1864. and then served with Gen. Rosser in the cavalry in the Valley. In December 1864, he and his wife ran the blockade to Canada on a secret service mission. They remained in Montreal, Canada until the spring of 1866 before returning to Virginia.
- Alexander, Frederick Warren. Stratford Hall and the Lees Connected with its History (1912) History of the Lee family
- Warner, Ezra J., Generals in Gray: Lives of the Confederate Commanders, Louisiana State University Press, 1959, ISBN 0-8071-0823-5.
- "Edwin Gray Lee". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-04-11.
- Warner, Generals in Gray: Lives of the Confederate Commanders, p. 177.
- Alexander, Stratford Hall and the Lees Connected with its History, p. 285.
- Alexander, Stratford Hall and the Lees Connected with its History, p. 331.