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Confederate (CSV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Leroy (Lee) Magnum McAfee

(1837 - 1873)

Home State: North Carolina

Education: University of North Carolina, Class of 1858

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 49th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He's listed in the 1850 Census of Cleveland County, NC, at 14 years of age, living in the household of John and Eliza Webber, probably his older sister's. Also in the house was listed 14 year old Anisi McAfee - possibly half-brother or nephew Abner Anzi McAfee.

A lawyer before the War, Leroy was commissioned Major of the 49th NC Regiment on 12 April 1862 and Lieutenant Colonel on 19 June.

The rest of the War

He was commissioned Colonel on 1 November 1862, and served in command of the 49th through the Appomattox Campaign of April 1865.

After the War

He may have been a leading figure in the Ku Klux Klan before about 1870 - he is apparently the model for a fictional character in a 1905 book, The Clansman, by his nephew Thomas Dixon, Jr [ see it online ]. He was a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives.

References & notes

Family details from the 1850 Cleveland County census records - transcribed and posted online on RootsWeb by Judith Parker-Proctor. Service information from Moore's Roster1, with life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave.

More on the Web

See an 1862 letter from McAfee to his sister, on Shotgun's civilwarhome site.


12/17/1837 in NC


1873; burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, York, SC


1   Moore, John Wheeler (compiler), and State of North Carolina, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, 4 volumes, Raleigh: Ashe & Gatling, State Printers and Publishers, 1882, Vol. 3, pg. 394  [AotW citation 1023]