- Commander Sidney Lee, the older brother of Robert E. Lee, submitted his resignation to the U.S. Navy on April 17, 1861. His resignation was not accepted; however, he was dismissed five days later. He immediately accepted a commission in the Confederate Navy. When the U.S. Navy abandoned the Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, Virginia, Sidney became the commander. After the Confederate Navy was forced to burn the yard to prevent its capture by the Union Navy, he was made captain and put in charge of the batteries at Drewrys Bluffs, Virginia. In May 1862, he was second-in-command during the Battle of Drewrys Bluff. A year later, he became chief of the Confederate Navys Bureau of Orders and Detail, replacing Captain John K. Mitchell. Sidney remained at this post until the end of the war.
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