Leonard B. Abercrombie was born in Macon County, AL, son of John Comer Abercrombie (b. ca. 1809) and his wife, Jane Minerva (Sims) Abercrombie (1822-1883). The Abercrombie family was one of the earliest families to settle in Walker County, Texas, having moved to the town of Waverley (now called Old Waverley) in 1850. Leonard B. Abercrombie was enrolled at the University of Virginia in sessions 36-37 (1859-1861), but left school early in session 37 and enlisted as a private in Co. E, 6th Regiment, Alabama Infantry (called the “Independent Rifles”) in May 1861 at Montgomery, AL. The unit participated in the First Battle of Manassas (21 July 1861), the battle of Williamsburg/Fort Magruder (5 May 1862), and the Battle of Seven Pines (31 May-1 June, 1862). On June 2, 1862, Leonard B. Abercrombie died at Kent Hospital in Richmond, VA.
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