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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1854

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

G. W. Custis Lee​1

(Ap'd at Large)


George Washington Custis Lee: Born Sep. 16, 1832.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1850, to July 1, 1854, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1854.

Served: as Asst. Engineer in the construction of Ft. Clinch, Amelia Island, Fla., 1854‑56, — in building Fts. Pulaski and Jackson, Ga., 1856,

(Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Mar. 3, 1855)

— on improvement of Savannah River, Ga., 1856, — in the construction of Ft. Clinch, Fla., 1856‑57, — and in building the Defenses of Fort Point, entrance to San Francisco Bay, Cal., 1857‑59; as Asst. in the Engineer

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Oct. 20, 1859)

Bureau at Washington, D. C., 1859‑61; and as Superintending Engineer of the repairs of Ft. Washington, Potomac River, Md., 1861.

Resigned, May 2, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — Professor of Civil and Military Engineering, Virginia Military Institute, Oct. 1, 1865, to Feb. 1, 1871. President of Washington-Lee University, since Feb. 1, 1871. Degree of LL. D. conferred by Tulane University, La., 1887. Fellow of the Society of Science, Letters, and Art, London, England, 1888.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

(George Washington Custis Lee)

Civil History. — President Emeritus, Washington and Lee University. — Resigned the office of President Washington and Lee University, to take effect July 1, 1897. — Post-office address, Burke's Station, Va.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Unknown. — Post-office address, Burke, Va.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(George Washington Custis Lee, Born Sept. 16, 1832)

Military History. —

First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Oct. 20, 1859.

Resigned May 2, 1861.

Civil History. — At Lexington, Va., Professor of Military and Civil Engineering at the Virginia Military Institute, 1865‑1871; President of Washington and Lee University at same place, 1871 to 1897, when he was retired as President Emeritus.

Died February 18, 1913, at Ravensworth, Va.: Aged 81.

Buried, Lee Chapel, Lexington, VA.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1913.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Robert E. Lee.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. The deficiency is made good on several websites, e.g., at the National Park Service. As one might expect, he is very frequently mentioned in Freeman's biography of his father (q.v.).

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