09 June 1863 — Culpeper County, Virginia
William “Rooney” Lee, son of the famous Robert E. Lee, served in the US Army for two years before leaving to work his plantation. With the coming of the Civil War, Rooney joined the Confederate cavalry, working his way up through multiple promotions over the course of the war. He took part in many battles, including the Seven Days’ Battles and the Second Manassas and Maryland Campaigns. At the Battle of Brandy Station on 9 June 1863, the largest cavalry battle of the war, Rooney and his men took up a position near a low stone wall and put up a strong defense. However, during the battle Rooney was wounded in the thigh, and while he was away recovering he was taken prisoner of war until February 1864.