Ellen Fowle Lee
Original Author: Unknown
Created: Nineteenth century
Medium: Photographic print
Publisher: Valentine Richmond History Center

Ellen Fowle Lee

Ellen Fowle Lee, wife of Robert E. Lee's nephew Fitzhugh Lee, sits in profile for this undated photograph that is part of the Cook Collection at the Valentine Richmond History Center.

In April 1871, thirty-five-year-old Fitzhugh Lee married eighteen-year-old Ellen Bernard Fowle of Alexandria. The union produced seven children, five of whom reached maturity. As befit their father's military affiliation, the two surviving sons were commissioned into the 7th United States Cavalry; each of his daughters married officers in their brothers' regiments.