Family papers. 1760-1910.
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Robert Edward Lee (1807-1870) served as General of the Confederate Army in the U.S. Civil War and was president of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia from 1865 to 1870. Lee spent the first twenty-three years of his military career in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. From 1837 to 1841 he was superintending engineer for the harbor of St. Louis and the upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Robert E. Lee was a United States Army officer, 1829-1861; commander of Virginia forces in the ...
Henry Brewerton was born in New York City, New York. He lost his parents at a very early age, but, under the guardianship of future Governor of New York and Vice President of the United States Daniel D. Tompkins, entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, two months before his 12th birthday - making him the youngest cadet in the history of West Point. He graduated on July 1, 1819 5th in a class of 29 cadets and was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant the same day. He was no...