Short Bios | Lovell H. Rousseau

Colonel Lovell H. Rousseau
By Michael A. Peake

Lovell Harrison Rousseau was born at Stanford, Kentucky on August 4, 1818. He studied law at Louisville, Kentucky, and Bloomfield, Indiana, passing the bar in February 1841 and in 1844, he became an active member of the Indiana Legislature. During the 1846 Mexican War, Rousseau served as company commander in the 2nd Indiana Regiment. After his return, he served two terms in the Indiana senate. In 1849, he established his law practice at Louisville, Kentucky. In September 1861, Rousseau was appointed colonel of the 5th Kentucky Volunteers, and the following month he was commissioned brigadier-general and attached to General Don Carlos Buell's army at Camp Nevin, Kentucky.

As a major general, he commanded the 5th Division, Army of the Cumberland through the battle of Stones River to the battle of Chickamauga. After the war, he served two terms as a Kentucky Congressman, before President Johnson appointed Rousseau as brigadier general in the Regular Army with the brevet rank of major general for services during the Civil War. Rousseau was in command of the Department of the Gulf at New Orleans, Louisiana, when he died suddenly on January 7, 1869. His body was transported to Virginia for burial at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 2, Grave #1847.

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Colonel Lovell H. Rousseau
Library of Congress: LC-USZ62-129702