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Fitzhugh Lee Papers

Identifier: SC 01268

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Scope and Contents

Letters written from Lee to Manning Marius Kimmel, a fellow Confederate officer and to other acquaintances concerning former Confederate officers, Reconstruction and Kimmel's experiences fighting as a mercenary with Maximilian in Mexico. Includes letter, 4 November 1875, discussing the participation of blacks in the dedication of the equestrian statue of Stonewall Jackson on Monument Avenue in Richmond and the typescript of the speech, 11 August 1875, made by W. H. Payne when nominating Lee for governor.


  • Creation: 1866-1887


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Biographical Information:

Fitzhugh Lee was born in 1835 and was the nephew of Robert E. Lee. He graduated from the United States Military Academy. He served in the Confederate Army as staff officer to Richard S. Ewell and to Joseph E. Johnston and as lieutenant-colonel of 1st Virginia Cavalry. He was senior cavalry commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. Served as governor of Virginia 1886-1890 and as consul-general in Havana. He died in 1905. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Acquisition Information:

Gifts of Gen. E. Sclater Montague (1972), Bartlett R. Burgwyn in honor of Dr. Davis Y. Paschall (1981), and Ronald van Klaussen (1982). Acc. 1983.33 Purchase from Joseph Rubinfine was received on 6/30/1983.


Previously identified as Mss 72s L51.

Processing Information:

Processed by Cynthia B. Brown in 1983.

Guide to the Fitzhugh Lee Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Cynthia B. Brown.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository