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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 2: birth.-career as officer of Engineers, United States army. (search)
and family tradition, was best suited to be his life companion.
Mary Custis, the daughter of George Washington Parke Custis, of Arlington, and Robert E. Lee, were married on the 30th of June, 1831, only two years after he had emerged from his Alma Mater.
They had known each other when she was a child at Arlington and he a young boy in Alexandria, some eight miles away.
It is said she met him to admire when he came back to Alexandria on furlough from the Military Academy.
It was the first tiing to Cabinet officers, and behaving in rather a hilarious way generally.
It is difficult for a soldier of the Army of Northern Virginia to picture his commanding general in a scene such as has been described.
Five years after leaving his Alma Mater he was promoted from second to first lieutenant of engineers, and in two years more reached a captaincy.
In 1835 he was made assistant astronomer of the commission appointed to lay the boundary line between Ohio and Michigan. Two years afterwa