(c. 1834 - ?)
Home State: Mississippi
Branch of Service: Infantry
In 1860 he was a 26 year old dentist living with his widowed mother Sophia (Apphia) in Columbus, Lowndes County, MS. He enlisted at Columbus, MS as a Private in Company K, 2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion on 1 May 1862.
On the Campaign
He was in action with his Company at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
Company K was converted to cavalry and attached as Company F to the 8th (Wade's) Confederate Cavalry (2d Regiment, Mississippi and Alabama Cavalry) in January 1863. He was captured at Shelbyville, TN on 27 June 1863. He was at Camp Chase, OH by 6 July then sent to Fort Delaware on 14 July 1863. He was pareoled there on 28 September 1864, exchanged on 30 September at Aiken's Landing, VA, and was at Camp Lee near Richmond by 10 October. He was surrendered at Citronelle, AL and paroled at Meridian, MS on 13 May 1865.
References & notes
His service from his Compiled Military Service Records,1 via fold3, filed under 48th Mississippi Infantry and the 2nd Confederate Cavalry, as R.K. Lea and Bertus K Lea. His presence at Sharpsburg from a petition he and others of his Company signed on behalf of Lieutenant Thomas Lipscomb. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860.
c. 1834 in AL
1 US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927 [AotW citation 29011]