William Lee
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William Henry Fitzhugh Lee (1837 - 1891)

William Henry Fitzhugh "Roony" Lee
Born in Arlington, Alexandria Co, Virginia USAmap
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Husband of — married 23 Mar 1859 (to 26 Dec 1863) in Shirley Plantation, Charles City County, VAmap
Husband of — married 28 Nov 1867 in City of Petersburg, Virginiamap
Husband of — married 3 Dec 1867 in Petersburg, Dinwiddie, Virginia, United Statesmap
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Died at age 54 in Ravensworth, Springfield, Virginiamap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Nov 2008 | Last significant change: 3 May 2022
03:23: Stephen Strauss added George Bolling Lee (1872-1948) as child of William Henry Fitzhugh Lee (1837-1891). [Thank Stephen for this]
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Early Life

William Henry Fitzhugh Lee (May 31, 1837 – October 15, 1891), known as Rooney Lee (often spelled "Roony" among friends and family) or W.H.F. Lee, was the second son of General Robert E. Lee and Mary Anna Randolph Custis.

He attended Harvard University. He was a planter, a Confederate cavalry General in the American Civil War, and later a Congressman from Virginia.


He entered the United States Army in 1857 as a second lieutenant. He served with the 6th U.S. Infantry under Albert Sidney Johnston, and participated in the Utah War against the Mormons. In 1859, he resigned from the U.S. Army to operate his White House Plantation, on the south shore of the Pamunkey River, in New Kent County, Virginia. Rooney was married in 1859 to Charlotte Wickham, a descendant of the attorney John Wickham and his wife. They were living at the plantation in New Kent County in 1860. War came to the south and to Virginia in April of 1861.

War between the Union and the Southern Confederacy

Rooney became a captain in the Confederate Army cavalry the 9th Virginia Regiment. He was the Cpt of Company H Lee's Rangers. and was soon promoted to major. He initially served in western Virginia under the command of Brig. Gen. William Loring during 1861 and early 1862. He was then placed under the command of Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, becoming a lieutenant colonel, and later colonel in the 9th Virginia Cavalry.

After the Battle of South Mountain, Lee was promoted to brigadier general. He fought at Antietam under the command of Brig. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee, his cousin. He commanded the 3rd Brigade of Stuart's Cavalry Division at the Battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. He was wounded during combat at Brandy Station at the beginning of the Gettysburg Campaign and was captured by Union forces at Hickory Hill, Virginia, two weeks later, while recuperating. He was a prisoner of war in New York State until returned to the Confederate Army on February 25, 1864. To accomplish this he was exchanged for Confederate captive Union Brig. Gen. Neal S. Dow. In April, he was promoted to major general and commanded a division in the Cavalry Corps during the breakout from Petersburg and the retreat of his father's army in the Appomattox Campaign. By the end of the war, he had risen to second-in-command of the Confederate cavalry. He surrendered along with his father at Appomattox Court House.

Life after the War

Lee returned to White House Plantation and planting after the war. Nearby, his younger brother Rob lived at Romancocke Plantation across the river in King William County.

After his mother died in 1873, Rooney inherited Ravensworth Plantation, the old Fitzhugh family property (near present-day Springfield) in Fairfax County with 563 acres (2.28 km2) of land. He moved there from White House. In 1875 Rooney was elected to the Virginia Senate, serving until 1878. He was then elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1887. He served in the House until his death at Ravensworth in 1891. He is interred in the Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, with his parents and siblings.


Rooney married twice, first in 1859 to Charlotte Wickham, a descendant of the attorney John Wickham and his wife. They had two children, a boy and a girl, both of whom died in infancy. Charlotte died in 1863. Their names were Robert Edward Lee II and Mary Custis Lee.

On November 28, 1867, he married Mary Tabb Bolling. They had two sons, who both lived to adulthood: Robert Edward Lee III, born February 11, 1869 at Petersburg, and George Bolling Lee, born August 30, 1872 at Lexington.


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  • Source: S-2125746065 Title: Church of the Latter-day Saints Vital Records Publication: www.familysearch.com Note: Filmed by the Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City, Utah
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  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MC5M-KVZ : 15 July 2017), William H F Lee, Falls Church, Fairfax, Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district ED 37, sheet 317A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,255,364
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/11012/william-henry_fitzhugh-lee : accessed 04 November 2021), memorial page for William Henry Fitzhugh “Rooney” Lee (31 May 1837–15 Oct 1891), Find a Grave Memorial ID 11012, citing Lee Chapel Museum, Lexington, Lexington City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .


  • Thank you to Scott Ledbetter for creating WikiTree profile Lee-6518 through the import of Ledbetter01.ged on Jun 8, 2013.
  • This person was created through the import of indygrandma.ged on 02 January 2011.

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