Bro. King’s Ancestors
Jacob Hesley – PVT, Co. C., 9th NJ Vol. Inf. Regt. – Brother of 2xGr-Grandmother.
Augustus Houngstine – PVT, Co. G., 125th NY Vol. Inf. Regt., Survived – wounded June 16, 1864 – 2nd Battle of Petersburg. – Brother of 2xGr-Grandmother.
John H. Hongstine – PVT, Co. L, 7th NY Artillery Regt. (Heavy), Survived – wounded May 30, 1864 – Battle of Totopotomoy Creek. – Brother of 2xGr-Grandmother.
Adrian Lee – 1LT, Co. G., 152nd NY Vol. Inf. Regt. – Surviving POW – Brother of 2xGr-Grandmother.
Adrian Lee is the brother of Jim King’s 2xGr-Grandmother Mary C. Lee-King and one of five members of Jim’s family who served in the Civil War, including Adrian’s brother, Erastus H. Lee (SGT, Co. L, 6th Regt Kansas Volunteers – Cavalry).
Adrian was born in Frankfort, Herkimer County. At 20, Adrian enlisted at Frankfort in 1862 and mustered in as SGT in Co. K. In Jun 1863, Adrian was commissioned 2nd LT and reassigned to Co. B. In May 1864 he was transferred to Co. I and a month later he was captured in action at the First Battle of the Weldon Railroad and commenced a miracle of survival during 8 months of captivity in 7 different Confederate prison camps:
Libby Prison, Richmond, VA – Jun 24 to Jun 29, 1864
Camp Oglethorpe, Macon, GA – Jul 9 to Aug 1, 1864
Prisoner’s Stockade, Savannah, GA – Aug 2 to Sep 13, 1864
Jail Yard, Charleston, SC – Sep 13 to Oct 6, 1864
Asylum Prison Yard, Columbia, SC – Oct 6, 1864 to Feb 10, 1865
Salisbury Prison, Charlotte, NC – Feb 11 to Feb 21, 1865
Prisoner’s Stockade, Raleigh, NC – Feb 22 to Feb 27, 1865
Adrian was paroled, exchanged and reported for duty at regimental headquarters in Richmond in May. In Jun 1865 he was promoted to 1st LT and was mustered out in Jul 1865 at Munson’s Hill, VA.
After the war, Adrian married, raised four children and started a successful wholesale meat business in Utica, NY. He was active in politics and a member of the William K. Bacon G.A.R. Post 53 in Utica where it was reported in his obituary he “maintained pleasant relations with his old army comrades”.
Erastus H. Lee – SGT, Co. L., 6th Kansas Cavalry Regt. – Brother of 2xGr-Grandmother.