Saturday, November 24, 2012

Colonel Robert Henry Lee.

Col. R. H. Lee, whose picture in his Confederate uniform looks so much like "old times." is a grandson of Richard Henry Lee, of Virginia, who, on June 7. 1776. moved in the Continental Congress that "These united colonies are and of right ought to be free." He is a nephew of "Light Horse" Harry Lee, who in Congress prepared the resolutions on the death of Washington, which contained the memorable sentiment. " First iii war. first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen and he was a first cousin tn General Robert E. Lee. He has a daughter in Nashville, wife of Rev. .1. R. Winchester. Colonel was selected to read the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1876, where it will he remembered Hon, Wm. M. Evarts was orator of the day ami Henry V. Longfellow read the poem. In politics Colonel was always "an old line Whig," and opposed disunion, when hut Virginia seceded he promptly joined the Southern army, and was made lieutenant in the Second Virginia Infantry, which was a part of the glorious old Stonewall brigade. He was seriously wounded and captured at Kernstown in March, 1862, and was for months at Johnson's Island. In that engagement his color-bearer was shot down, when he caught up the flag and carried it through the thickest of the light. When he fell wounded Colonel Allen, commanding the regiment, bore it successfully through the charge.

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