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‘No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.’  ~ II Timothy 2:4

I had intended to post this a couple of weeks ago on the 162nd anniversary of his birth but somehow forgot.  But, as they say, it is better late than never.


Having already continued the family tradition of assigning a presidential name to his eldest son, John Van Buren, George Washington Lee christened his fifth child (and fourth son) Andrew Jackson, born the 25th day of October 1845 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi.

Following the birth of his sixth child (a daughter) the Lee patriarch left the Magnolia State with family in tow en route to Arkansas, where he died in 1859 just prior to the outbreak of the War. 

When war visited the Lee home in 1861, Andrew was a mere twelve years of age.  Older brother John threw his support behind the Confederate effort that very year; Andrew, still a child at fourteen, followed suit in the Spring of 1863.  He enlisted in Company H of the 47th Arkansas Cavalry (some records list the 47th as a mounted infantry unit) under Colonel Lee Crandall in General Sterling Price’s army.

There is little information regarding the battles and actions Andrew participated in during his tenure with the 47th Arkansas.  In fact, his soldier’s pension was approved in spite of the absence of any documentary proof of service (the sworn testimony of a few of his comrades satisfied the State of Texas‘ requirements).He did, apparently, participate in General Price’s famous raids into Missouri during the fall of 1864 before taking ill and returning to Arkansas to recuperate.  However, he never rejoined his unit.

Andrew married the former Lavisa ‘Vicie’ Mae Adkins in White County, Arkansas on the 8th day of September 1869; she bore him three daughters and six sons in the ensuing two decades.  The Lees then relocated to Texas, settling in Grandview (near Dallas) sometime around 1890.  The next year found Andrew a widower.

In August 1913 Andrew, a stock trader (as in livestock, not Wall Street) by this time, successfully applied to Austin for a soldier’s pension.  The state approved his application, effective upon the last day of that year.  However, you can take the boy out of Arkansas

In 1923 Andrew returned to Arkansas, inexplicably leaving behind his possessions, save for his bed.  He vacillated between Arkansas and Texas for the following eighteen months or so, returning to the latter in early 1925 to inquire into the status of his pension, which he had ceased receiving in the interim for reasons unknown to him.

According to the records of The First National Bank of Grandview, after two successful voucher requisitions during this time, the third was not forthcoming, so Andrew, desperate for funds, petitioned the State of Arkansas for a pension.  Though Arkansas was ‘a small bit more liberal than Texas in their payment,’ Andrew ‘[preferred] to receive his allowance in Texas,’ which he considered his home.  He again petitioned Austin, though the records in my possession do not indicate whether his second petition met with success.


Andrew Jackson Lee–my great-great-great-grandfather–died on the 10th of July 1929 and rests in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Letona, Arkansas.  Gone but most certainly not forgotten.


Written by ninepoundhammer

November 8, 2007 at 5:09 pm

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