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Albert Lindley Lee
Albert L. Lee as a brigadier general
Born (1834-01-16)January 16, 1834
Died December 13, 1907(1907-12-13) (aged 73)
Place of birth Fulton, New York
Place of death New York City, New York
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861–1865
Rank Brigadier General
Commands held 7th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry
9th Division, XIII Corps,
1st Brigade, 9th Division, XIII Corps,
Cavalry Division, Department of the Gulf

American Civil War

Albert Lindley Lee (January 16, 1834  – December 13, 1907) was a lawyer, Kansas State Supreme Court Judge, and Union general in the American Civil War.

Early life and career[edit | edit source]

Albert Lee was born in Fulton, New York. His parents were Moses Lee and Ann (Case) Lee. Lee was educated at Union College, and graduated in 1853.[1] He was admitted into the bar and practiced in New York. In 1858, Lee moved to Kansas. When he arrived he became one of the founders of the Elwood Free Press.[1] In 1859, he was elected a district judge, and when the American Civil War began Lee was serving as a justice on the Kansas Supreme Court.[2]

Civil War and later life[edit | edit source]

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Lee joined the Union Army. Lee became a major in the 7th Kansas Cavalry, in October 1861. He was promoted to colonel of the regiment and took part in Henry W. Halleck's capture of Corinth, Mississippi.[1] Shortly after the fall of that city, Lee commanded the 2nd Brigade in the Cavalry Division of the Army of the Mississippi and participated in the battle of Corinth. On November 29, 1862 he received a promotion to brigadier general in the Volunteer Army.[2] He continued leading cavalry brigades in the Army of the Tennessee before he was appointed Chief-of-Staff to the XIII Corps under Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand. Lee served as chief-of-staff through much of the Vicksburg campaign, serving at the battles of Port Gibson, Champion Hill and Big Black River.[1] During the fighting at the Big Black River, Peter J. Osterhaus was wounded and Lee was chosen to take his place in command of the 9th Division, XIII Corps. Lee's first infantry command was short lived as Osterhaus was able to resume command the following day.[2] However, the commander of the 9th Division's 1st Brigade, Theophilus T. Garrard, went on sick leave the same day and Lee assumed command his brigade just in time to lead it into action during the May 19 assault on Vicksburg.[2] During the assault Lee was wounded in the head and turned over command of the brigade. He sat out the rest of the siege recovering from wounds until late in the summer when he returned to division command in the XIII Corps.[2] In August 1864 he was placed in command of the Cavalry Division of the Department of the Gulf. He led the cavalry forces during Nathaniel P. Banks' Red River Campaign. In the last month of the war, he led a raid against Clinton near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and defeated a weak Confederate force there.[3] Lee resigned from the army on May 4, 1865.[1] After his resignation, Lee became an editor for a New Orleans newspaper. He then became a banker, and did business in New York. He stayed involved in the Republican Party, throughout his life. He died in New York City, on December 31, 1907.[1]

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Blackmar's pg. 299
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Johnson's/Brown's section "LEE"
  3. John D. Winters, The Civil War in Louisiana, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1963, ISBN 0-8071-0834-0, p. 413

References[edit | edit source]

  • Blackmar, Frank W.; "Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ...", Standard Publishing Chicago, (1912)
  • Johnson, Rossiter, Brown, John Howard; "Volume 6 of The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans", The Biographical Society, (1904)
  • "Albert Lindley Lee". Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5892311. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  • Lee, Albert Lindley

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