Private Zachariah Z. Lee
39th Mississippi Infantry
Zachariah Lee enlisted as a private in Company H, 39th Mississippi Infantry of the Confederate Army in late 1862. Since he was a gunsmith by trade, he was assigned to the armory in Corinth, Mississippi. According to oral family history, he made cannon balls. After the Battle of Shiloh, he was assigned to the armory at Port Hudson, Louisiana. While away from Port Hudson on a thirty day pass to return home to St. Helena Parish, Louisiana, Port Hudson was cut off by Union troops, and he could not rejoin his unit. He then joined Captain Jonathan Kemp's Partisan Rangers operating in the Florida Parishes of Louisiana. The unit was involved in a number of skirmishes during the remainder of the Civil War.
How the Lee family got to Louisiana is an interesting story. William Lee, Zachariah Lee's grandfather, of Union County, South Carolina was a captain in the loyalist militia of South Carolina during the American Revolution. He came with thirty other loyalist families to Louisiana after the war because Spanish owned Louisiana was a safe place for Tory refugees.
Clifton M. Lee
Charlotte, North Carolina
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