The United States Daughters of 1812 (USD 1812) and the General Society War of 1812 recently marked and dedicated the grave of Joseph Harding Lee buried in Bellwood Cemetery at Pine Bluff.
According to a press release, Lee was born in 1790 in Prince George County, Virginia, son of Nathaniel Lee Jr. and Sarah Harding.
“At the age of 24 in 1814, he enlisted as a Private in ‘Petersburg Republican Light Infantry attached to the 39 Reg’t Virginia Militia now in service at Petersburg.’ He served for two months under Lieut. Col. Brynes and Maj Wilder,” according to the release.
By 1860, Lee was in Arkansas along with siblings Dr. Bushrod Washington Lee of Lee Springs and Albert Everette Lee, co-owner of the Jefferson Enterprise and founder of the Pine Bluff Independent.
Joseph Harding Lee died at the age of 70 and is buried in the Lee family plot, according to the release.
“Bellwood Cemetery is the final resting place of several War of 1812 soldiers: Dexter Harding, Greef Johnson, Joseph Harding Lee, Nathan Jenkins, Paschal Roberts, Drew White and John Polk Clegg,” according to the release.
The USD 1812 Arkansas Society’s goal is to locate and mark the graves of all the Veterans of the War of 1812 buried in the state. The society estimates more than 400 graves need marking.