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David Deatrick, Louisville CWRT: General Lovell Rousseau
March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Rouseau led brigade at Shiloh, and led a Division at Perryville and Stones’ River. Later, he led a cavalry raid during the Atlanta Campaign, and defeated Forrest’s cavalry and infantry during Hood’s Tennessee Campaign. After the war, he served in Congress, was involved in acquiring Alaska from Russia, and, at the time of his death, was in command of the U.S. Troops in Louisiana.
Rousseau was born in Kentucky and was a lawyer in Louisville at the beginning of the Civil War. Prior to the war, he had served as an officer in the Mexican War and as a state legislator in both Kentucky and Indiana. Lovell H. Rousseau is buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, KY or maybe not. Cemetery officials today will tell you that the monument is merely a memorial, but the historical record seems not to agree. So who is Lovell H. Rousseau and why might someone else be buried in Rousseau’s grave?
David R Deatrick, Jr. has been a member of the Louisville Civil War Roundtable since the mid-1980s. He currently serving as president of the LCWRT, a post he has held tree time previously. He has written a number of articles for the Encyclopedia of Louisville. He has edited books for Joe Reinhart and Kenny Hafendorfer, as well as provided maps for a book published by LSU Press.David R Deatrick attended Chase Law School, was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1983, and still practices working as Partner in the law firm of Deatrick & Spies, PSC. He was an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Louisville, 1992- 2014