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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 1: ancestry. (search)
built in the shape of the letter H, and not far from the banks of the Potomac. Upon the roof were summer houses, with chimneys for columns, where the band played in the evenings, and the ladies and gentlemen promenaded. Thomas Lee was buried at Pope's Creek Church, five miles from Stratford. George Washington was baptized at this church, and in the early days his family, the Lees, Paynes, and other prominent families of the neighborhood worshiped there. It has been said that as Westmoreland County is distinguished above all other counties in Virginia as the birthplace of genius, so, perhaps, no other Virginian could boast so many distinguished sons as President Thomas Lee. General Washington, in 1771, wrote: I know of no country that can produce a family all distinguished as clever men, as our Lees. These sons in order of age were: Philip Ludwell, Richard Henry, Thomas, Francis Lightfoot, Henry, and Arthur. Matilda, the first wife of General Henry Lee, the father of General R
condition, when a young soldier of another command saw him, and, immediately stooping to the ground, assisted him in getting on his back, and was bearing him to a place of safety, when he (the soldier) was struck by a ball and instantly killed. The General fell to the ground, and remained there, unable to move, until he was captured by the enemy. He was subsequently incarcerated in Fort Delaware. Having learned from the soldier, while on his back, that his name was White, from Westmoreland County, Virginia, as soon as the General was exchanged he inquired for the family, and found that the mother was a respectable widow who had had five sons on the field, but one of whom survived. He immediately wrote to her, expressing his deep sense of obligation to her son for his gracious effort to save his life, delicately inquired into her circumstances, and offered, if necessary, to make a liberal provision for her. I did not learn the widow's reply. We have had this week a visit of two
n the Beacon biographies, which has guided him in the present sketch. Robert Edward Lee, the third son of the cavalry leader Light Horse Harry Lee by his second wife, Anne Hill Carter, was born at the family mansion, Stratford, in Westmoreland County, Virginia, on January 19, 1807. On Lee was essentially a Virginian Old Christ Church at Alexandria. Virginia. The church attended by both Washington and Lee calls up associations that explain the reference of General Adams. In 1811, at the age of four, Robert E. Lee removed from Westmoreland County to Alexandria, which remained his home until he entered West Point, in 1825. During these years he was gaining his education from private tutors and devoting himself to the care of his invalid mother. Many a Sunday he passed through the trees around this church, of which Washington had been one of the first vestrymen, to occupy the pew that is still pointed out to visitors. The town serves to intensify love of Virginia; here Br
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Lee, Henry 1756- (search)
Lee, Henry 1756- Military officer; born in Leesylvania, Westmoreland co., Va., Jan. 29, 1756; graduated at Princeton in 1773. His mother was Mary Bland, the lowland beauty, whose charms inspired Washington in his youth. He was a captain in Bland's cavalry in 1776, and joined the main army in September, 1777. Lee's Legion was one of the most active and efficient of the cavalry corps of the Continental army, and it was Washington's body-guard in the battle of Germantown. In 1778 he was made a major, in independent command, first of two companies of horse, and then of three, with a small body of infantry. With these he surprised the British post at Paulus's Hook, in July, 1779. With the commission of lieutenant-colonel, he joined General Greene in the South, and was active and efficient in the Southern campaigns. Soon after the battle of Eutaw Springs, Major Lee retired from the service, married, and settled at Stratford. He was a delegate to Congress in 1786, and advocat
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Monroe, James 1759-1870 (search)
Monroe, James 1759-1870 Fifth President of the United States; born in Westmoreland county, Va., April 28, 1759; graduated at the College of William and Mary in 1776; immediately joined the patriot army as a cadet in Mercer's regiment; and was in the engagements at Harlem Plains, White Plains, and Trenton. He Was wounded in the latter engagement, and was promoted to a captaincy for his bravery. In 1777-78 he was aide to Lord Stirling, and was distinguished at the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth. After the latter battle he left the army, studied law under Jefferson, and again took up arms when Virginia was invaded by Cornwallis. In 1780 he visited the Southern army under De Kalb as military commissioner from Virginia, and was a member of the Virginia Assembly in 1782. He soon became a member of the executive council, a delegate in Congress, and in his State convention in 1788 he opposed the ratification of the national Constitution. From 1790 to 1794 he was U
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Washington, Bushrod 1762- (search)
Washington, Bushrod 1762- Jurist; born in Westmoreland county, Va., June 5, 1762; a nephew of President Washington; graduated at the College of William and Mary in 1778, and studied law with James Wilson, in Philadelphia, becoming a successful practitioner. At Yorktown he served as a private soldier, and was a member of the Virginia Assembly in 1787; also a member of the Virginia convention that ratified the national Constitution. In December, 1798, he was appointed associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, which office he held until his death. in Philadelphia, Nov. 26, 1829. He was the first president of the American Colonization Society. Washington, City of
r, Resolute, and Eureka. The land forces consisted of six hundred infantry, under the immediate charge of Captain Hart, Thirty-sixth United States cavalry volunteers, and fifty regular cavalry, under Lieutenant Denney. The naval land forces consisted of one hundred marines and sailors, under the charge of Captain Street, of the gunboat Fuchsia, assisted by Ensign Nelson and Assistant Engineer Delano, United States Navy. The combined forces landed at the mouth of Pope creek, in Westmoreland county, Virginia, some fifty miles above the mouth of the Potomac. On Sunday morning the forces took the direct route to Montrose, the county seat of Westmoreland, reaching that place safely, but in the town the cavalry discovered some rebels, who fired on them and escaped down a deep ravine. On Sunday night we encamped one mile south of Montrose, near the mansion of Mr. Hungerford, a former clerk in the United States Treasury Department. He has several daughters, and one among them exhibited
twelve, Mar. 9, 1735 Boundaries altered, June 17, 1805 Boundaries again altered, Feb., 1822 City. Boundaries again altered, July 24, 1838 Wards City. Boundaries again altered, June 20, 1850 A new division again made, Oct. 20, 1865 Roxbury annexed, making fifteen, Jan. 6, 1868 Divided into sixteen, with Dorchester, 1870 Charlestown, Brighton, West Roxbury, annexed, 22 wards, Jan. 5, 1874 Twenty-five established, 1877 Washington, George born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Feb. 11, 1732 Appointed General of the Army, June 17, 1775 His army arrived at Dorchester Heights, Mar. 16, 1776 Took possession of Boston, Mar. 17, 1776 Birth-day celebrated in Boston, Feb. 11, 1786 Visited Boston, Oct. 24, 1789 Birth-day again celebrated in Boston, Feb. 11, 1791 Birth-day celebrated this year, in Boston, Feb. 22, 1792 Appointed Lieutenant General, July 12, 1798 Inaugurated President of United States (see Presidents), Apr. 30, 1789
command of a brigade for the defense of Richmond, comprising artillery and reserve infantry, under Lieutenant-General Ewell. He served at Chaffin's farm until the evacuation of Richmond, and then joined in the retreat of Custis Lee's command, as far as Sailor's creek, where he was captured April 6, 1865. Since the war General Barton has made his home at Fredericksburg, Va. Brigadier-General Richard L. T. Beale Brigadier-General Richard L. T. Beale was born at Hickory Hill, Westmoreland county, Va., May 22, 1819, and was educated at Northumberland academy and Dickinson college, Pa. Then taking up the study of law, he was graduated by the law department of the university of Virginia in 1838. Subsequently he was engaged in the practice of his profession and attained prominence in the political field. From 1847 until 1849 he represented his district in Congress, to which he declined re-election. He was a delegate to the State reform convention in 1850, and was elected to the S
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.14 (search)
Smith commander. Frederick county Maryland camp, Rev. C. Randolph Page commander. Thirteenth Virginia Infantry, 210 men, Major R. O. Peatross commander, Caroline county, Virginia. Randolph Thirtieth Virginia Infantry, 30 men, Lieutenant M. H. Wilson commander, Beverley, West Virginia. Person county, North Carolina Veteran Association, 30 men, J. A. Long Prescott commander, Roxboroa, North Carolina. Ninth Virginia cavalry, 200 men, General R. L. T. Beale commander, Westmoreland county, Virginia. Company K, thirty-fourth Virginia. Among the troops gathered here to honor the memory of our departed chieftain none displayed greater alacrity or enthusiasm than this gallant old company. Thirty-four strong they mustered for the unveiling ceremonies, with letters of regret from the absent. In the spring of 1861, full of hope, they went into service. All through the fiery ordeal they bore their part, and when Appomattox came they were there with thinned ranks but with b
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