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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 2: birth.-career as officer of Engineers, United States army. (search)
The council determined upon a siege.
In two weeks the army and navy were ready to open fire, and one week's bombardment resulted in the capitulation of Vera Cruz, and the adjacent forts on the 29th of March, 1847.
In the preparatory two weeks Lee spent nights and days in incessant labor, and his enterprise, endurance, energy, and intelligent arrangement of all the necessary details of the siege were most conspicuous, and to him has been ascribed much credit for the victory.
At Vera Cruz Captain Lee met his brother, Lieutenant Sydney Smith Lee, of the United States Navy, and the soldier and sailor fought together.
In a letter written from Vera Cruz at the time, after describing a battery which had been placed in position by him, Captain Lee adds: The first day this battery opened, Smith served one of the guns.
I had constructed the battery, and was there to direct its fire.
No matter where I turned, my eyes reverted to him, and I stood by his gun whenever I was not wanted el