Albert Lindley Lee


Albert Lindley Lee was born in Fulton, New York, on January 16, 1834. He was graduated from Union College at Schenectady in 1853 and then studied law. He moved to the Kansas Territory to practice his profession and in 1861 became a justice of the state supreme court. Lee resigned from the bench to be mustered into military service as major of the 7th Kansas Cavalry on October 29, 1861. After some minor operations in Kansas and western Missouri, the regiment was brought to the east bank of the Mississippi and was active in the operations incident to U. S. Grant's movements against Vicksburg. Lee was appointed a brigadier in April, 1863 (to rank from November 29, 1862), and acted as chief of staff to John Mc-Clernand at Champion's Hill and the battle of the Big Black River. During the siege of Vicksburg he was wounded, and after rejoining the army, Lee was ordered to the command of General N. P. Banks in New Orleans, where he became chief of cavalry of the Department of the Gulf. He commanded the cavalry division in Banks's ill-fated Red River campaign, winning few laurels—the consensus being that the cavalry was no better handled than the infantry. In August, 1864, he was assigned to the command of the cavalry division of the department with headquarters at Baton Rouge. Soon afterwards General Edward R. S. Canby superseded Banks in command of a greatly expanded territory. Lee was continued at his post, but the records indicate that his relations with his superior rapidly deteriorated. Soon after the New Year he was ordered to report to the Adjutant General in Washington, who, however, returned him to "his proper command" in the Department of the Gulf a week later. On April 2, 1865, by orders of Canby, Lee was to "remain in this city [New Orleans] until further orders. This order to date from February 3, 1865." On May 4, 1865, General Lee's resignation was accepted by the War Department, and he was duly mustered out. After the war he spent much of his time in Europe and New York City where he engaged in business. At the time of his death in New York, December 31, 1907, he was retired. He was buried in Mt. Adnah Cemetery in his birthplace.

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Reference: Generals in Blue. Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Louisiana State University Press. Baton Rouge.