William Henry Fitzhugh Lee
This hand-colored ambrotype encased in a gold locket depicts William Henry Fitzhugh "Rooney" Lee, the second son of Robert E. Lee and Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee, dressed as an officer in the U.S. Army. William Lee, who served as a second lieutenant from 1857 until 1859, joined the Confederate cavalry during the Civil War, eventually rising to the rank of general. Wounded at the Battle of Brandy Station on June 9, 1863, Lee was captured by Union forces while he was recuperating at Hickory Hill, an estate in Hanover County. He spent nine months as a prisoner of war at Fort Monroe and Fort Lafayette before being released in a prisoner exchange in March 1864. Lee returned to fight with the Confederate cavalry for the remainder of the war.