Lee, Fitzhugh

1885 political ALS of R. E. Lee’s nephew as Virginia Governor-elect, was CSA cavalry commander, and Spanish-American War US Major General

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(1835-1905) Grandson of "Light-Horse Harry Lee", nephew of Robert E. Lee. CSA cavalry commander in No. Va., The Peninsula, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania, etc. Lee led the last Confederate charge on April 9 at Farmville, Virginia. After the War, he devoted himself to farming and in reconciling South & North. He was Virginia Governor 1886-90. In April 1896, he was appointed Consul General at Havana by President Cleveland. In this post (he was retained by President McKinley to 1898) he dealt with the destruction of the USS Maine. Upon the declaration of war with Spain, he re-entered the Army, one of 4 ex-Confederate generals named major generals of US Volunteers (the others, Matthew C. Butler, Thomas L. Rosser, and Joseph Wheeler). Lee commanded the 7th Army but took no part in actual operations in Cuba. He was military governor of Havana and Pinar del Rio in 1899, subsequently commanding the Department of the Missouri, retiring in 1901 as Brig. Genl, US Army. 10 x 8 ALS as Virginia Governor-elect, to Ohio US Rep. Wm. D. Hill. Lee regrets he is unable to attend the annual celebration of the Jackson Democratic Association of Columbus, Ohio, and has written the committee. It would, however, give him great pleasure to meet the Association and tell them what Lee knows of the visit of (Ohioans) John Sherman and Judge (Jos. B.) Foraker to Virginia in the interest of (Senator William) Mahone. On integral leaf is Dec. 28, 1866 ALS of Rep. Hill to his wife mentions Lee’s autograph. WILLIAM D. HILL (1833-1906) Virginia-born Ohio US Rep. 1879-81 & 1883-87. EVERGREEN, part of the Burgundy Plantation, was built by George D. Fowle ca. 1850. In 1884-85 it was occupied by General Fitzhugh Lee and his family during his campaign for Governor of Virginia. JOHN SHERMAN (1823-1900) Ohio US Rep. 1855-61, Senator 1861-77 & 1881-97, father of Sherman Silver Purchase and Anti-Trust Acts. Secretary of the Treasury 1877-81 (Hayes), Secretary of State 1897-98 (McKinley). JOSEPH B. FORAKER (1846-1917) Ohio Governor 1886-90, US Senator (R) 1897-1909. Served in the Civil War, member of Cornell’s 1st graduating class, elected judge 1879. In the Senate, he supported the Spanish-American War and the annexation of the Philippines and Puerto Rico; the Foraker Act gave Puerto Rico its first civil government under US rule. WILLIAM MAHONE (1826-1895) Virginia CSA general, best known for regaining initiative at the siege of Petersburg and the Battle of the Crater, his counter-attack led to a disastrous Union defeat. Virginia politician, led short-lived Readjuster Party, coalition of freemen blacks, Republicans and populist Democrats. After the war, he returned to railroad building, was elected by the legislature to the US Senate, serving 1881-87, his willingness to caucus with Republicans and his tolerant treatment of black freemen cost him support from white voters.

Condition: Very good, light uniform toning, folds
Type:Letter






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