(1835–1905) Confederate army officer, born in Fairfax County, Virginia. Lee served ably in a number of early battles—South Mountain (1862), Antietam (1862),Chancellorsville (1863),Gettysburg (1863)—and was often praised for his resourcefulness and skillful tactics. Lee was made chief of cavalry for the Army of Northern Virginia in 1865; he and his cavalry surrendered two days after Appomattox, at Farmville, Virginia (1865). After the war Lee served a single term as governor of Virginia. He returned to active service during the Spanish-American War (1898), but his troops saw only occupation duty.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.