RICHARD H. LEE was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 13, 1830, the son of Thomas McKane Lee and his wife Eliza. The family had moved to Camden's Middle Ward by the spring of 1850.

Richard H. Lee was a volunteer fireman in Camden, serving with the Perseverance Fire Company as early as 1852 and right up until the beginning of the Civil War. It is unclear as to where Richard H. Lee lived when the Census was taken in 1860. However, when the Civil War broke out in April of 1861, Richard H. Lee and three of his brothers, William C. Lee, Thomas McKane Lee Jr., and Joseph Lee, answered their nation's call. He was present at the first war meeting in Camden, and was one of the many who signed the letter drafted and sent to President Lincoln urging swift action. 

Richard H. Lee left Camden on April 25, 1861 with Company F, 4th Regiment Militia, mustered in at Trenton on April 27th and departed for Washington D.C. on May 3, 1861. The 4th Regiment was moved from Washington into northern Virginia to erect defensive positions. They saw little, if any, action but did meet President Lincoln and returned to Trenton after their ninety-day enlistment was up. They were mustered out on July 31, at which time Lee was a 1st Lieutenant. He again mustered in on September 9, 1861 as a captain in Company I of the Sixth Regiment, Second New Jersey Brigade. Nearly the entire membership of the Perseverance Fire Company mustered with him and fought numerous battles in the Peninsular Campaign in Virginia. At Bristow Station on July 27, 1862 and at Bull Run and Chantilly a month later, the Sixth Regiment suffered one hundred and four killed, wounded or missing. At Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863 they lost six men and had fifty-nine wounded.

It is believed that Captain Lee was captured by Rebels during the Peninsular Campaign and confined in the infamous Libby Prison. He suffered great hardship there until his release in the summer of 1863 by exchange. Lee resigned from the army on August 10, 1863 due to disability. 

The Sixth Regiment did noble service at Gettysburg on the afternoon of .July 2, 1863. They were sent into Devil's Den by Colonel Burling and sustained one dead and thirty-two wounded and fought in many other battles before mustering out on September 7, 1864.

Meanwhile, with the uprising in Maryland, Captain Lee again mustered in on July 14 with Company A, First New Jersey Militia. He mustered out on August 15, 1864 with a commendation from President Lincoln for his great patriotism. Lee was appointed Postmaster of Camden on May 18, 1864 and served until Octiber of 1866. He was reappointed on May 18, 1867. In 1870 he was named as Major in the Sixth Regiment, New Jersey National Guard. Richard H. Lee served as postmaster for sixteen years. His last public position was as a customs inspector in Philadelphia.

Richard H. Lee made his home at 512 South 6th Street. He was a member of the Ninth Ward Republican Club and a the time of his death was a member of Garfield Post No. 2 of the Grand Army of the Republic. He had previously been a member of Thomas M.K. Lee Post No. 5 and had served as Department Commander of the G.A.R. in New Jersey.

Richard H. Lee died of typhoid fever on June 9, 1889. He was survived by his wife and five children. After funeral services held at the home of his son Ulie, 645 Clinton Street, he was interred at Evergreen Cemetery.

Of Richard H. Lee's family, a number were active in Camden's civic life over the years. Brothers Howard Lee and William C. Lee were original members of the Camden Fire Department. Thomas M.K. Lee Jr. was elected, in 1865, as county clerk, and held the position for five years. He died December 10, 1873, aged thirty-seven years, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery. His name lived on in Camden for many years after, as in January of 1876, a Grand Army of the Republic Post was organized in Camden. At the first meeting of the new post, it was unanimously decided to honor Captain Lee by adopting the name Thomas M.K. Lee Post. The Thomas M.K. Lee Post No. 5, was active in Camden well into the next century. 

Richard H. Lee's son, Ulie G. Lee, was active in New Jersey National Guard circles and was quite well known in Camden in his time.

A nephew, Howard Lee's son  Lewis A. Lee, worked for forty years in the Camden Board of Health office, after being sponsored in the job by Dr. Henry H. Davis, for whom the Henry H. Davis Elementary School, and Dr. Marcus K. Mines

Philadelphia Public Ledger
November 27, 1857
Isaac W. Mickle - Richard H. Lee - James B. Shields
Charles F. Dickinson - John Coates - John Cunningham
Philip M. Armington - Camden Light Artillery


On the 16th of April, 1861, three days after the Confederates fired upon Fort Sumter, at the entrance of Charleston Harbor, a large number of loyal and patriotic citizens of Camden City and County issued the following vigorous and spirited response to the President's proclamation:

" To the President Of the United States:

"The unparalleled events of the last week have revealed to the citizens of the United States, beyond question or the possibility of a doubt, that peaceful reconciliation upon the form of our Con­stitution is repelled and scorned, and secession means, in the hearts of its supporters, both Trea­son and war against our Country and Nation.

" We, therefore, the undersigned Loyal Citizens of the United States, and inhabitants of the city of Camden, in the State of New Jersey, responding to the proclamation of the President of the United States, hereby declare our unalterable determination to sustain the government in its efforts to maintain the honor, the integrity and the existence of our National Union and the perpetuity of the popular Government, and to redress the wrongs already long enough endured; no differences of political opinion; no badge of diversity upon points of party distinction, shall restrain or withhold us in the devotion of all we have or can command to the vindication of the Constitution, the maintenance of the laws and the defense of the Flag Of our Country."

I. S. Mulford
E. R. Johnson
Louis L. Scovel
B. M. Braker
Joseph C. Nichols
Elwood C. Fortiner
Joseph Vautier
Edmund Brewer
Uriah Norcross
Isaac L. Lowe
Henry B. Goodwin
Richard W. Test
James M. Cassady
John Duprey
Jesse Pratt.
Hamilton Johnston
Charles P. Dickinson
Richard H. Lee
C. G. Zimmerman
Thomas M. K. Lee, Jr.
Charles J. Sanders

Samuel S. E. Cowperthwait
James M. Scovel
S. C. Harbert
John S. Read
D. H. Erdman
Adam Angel
George W. Vanhorn
Charles S. Garrett
Thomas M. Barracliff
W. H. Saunders
Jacob Harman, Jr. 
Charles K. Horsfall
Timothy Middleton
William W. Sloan
Charles Cloud
A. W. Test

C. A. S. Driesback
Henry Schock
Walter Patton
Azael Roberts
Thomas Jeffries

O. Gilbert Hannah              
John T. F. Peak               
Samuel O. Cooper    
J. C. De Lacour
Edward T. Andrews            Conclin Mayhey
William Reynolds 
Simon Rammell
H. H. Goldsmith
John Horsfall
Thomas H. Dudley  
Robert Folwell        
Edw. H. Saunders
James O. Morgan
David H. Sheppard
Richard Fetters
Charles C. Reeves
S. H. Grey
N. B. Stokes

S. O. Wright
Joseph Dlinston
David Creary
John R. Barber

James H. Denny
William R. Maxwell
Robert Wible

Hamilton William
George W. Jackson
Joseph Maurer
Joseph D. Brown
William S. Scull  
Daniel Witham
Isaac Shreeve 
Adam Hare
George Wardell
Joseph Coffman
George W. Conrow   

Joshua Howell
Martin Grey
S. L. Wayne
Abner Sparks
Van T. Shivers
Westcott Campbell. 
William J. Taylor
Isaiah Norcross
Alden O. Scovel
Philip J. Gray 
George W. Gilbert
Charles D. Hineline
Thomas H. Davis
Charles De Haven
Thomas Ackley
John Gill
James B. Dayton
James M. Stevens
Joseph French
George Campbell
A. A. Merry
 E. Wells
William D. Clark
William B. Hatch
E. O. Jackson
A. B. Martin
Richard O. Robertson
Timothy O. Moore
George W.
Robert Schall
Reynell Coates
Aaron Hewit
Henry Shuster
William Hartsgrove
William B. French
W. A. Winchester
John M. Natty

In response to a call, on the 18th of April an enthusiastic meeting was held in the county court-house, which was formed of a large collection of prominent citizens. The court-room was decorated with flags and mottoes. John W. Mickle was chosen president and Samuel C. Harbert and Thomas G. Rowand secretaries. The president addressed the meeting first and Rev. Mr. Monroe offered a prayer. Hon. Thomas P. Carpenter, Thomas B. Atkinson (mayor) and Joseph Painter were appointed a committee on resolutions. Judge Philip J. Grey addressed the meeting, after which the committee adopted a long series of patriotic resolutions. The Washington Grays, Stockton Cadets and the Zouaves marched into the room and were received with cheers, Samuel Hufty read a resolution which was signed by many persons, who immediately formed the Home Brigade. David M. Chambers, Captain Stafford, Benjamin M. Braker, John H. Jones and E. A. Acton each addressed the meeting. James M. Scovel was then called upon and responded in eloquent terms and with patriotic energy. S. H. Grey offered a resolution, which was adopted, that the City Council and the Freeholders of the county be requested to appropriate money for the equipment of persons who may volunteer in defense of the country, and S. H. Grey, James M. Cassady and Joseph Painter were appointed a committee to look after the interests of the resolution. The meeting continued in session until eleven p.m.

1872 City Directory
Richard H. Lee - Camden Home for Friendless Children aka Camden Home For Children

Philadelphia Inquirer - August 26, 1884
Thomas DudleyFrank Turner - William Parker - Charles Wolverton
J. Willard Morgan -   Frederick A. Rex - Daniel Johntra - Richard H. Lee
George Doughten -
Charles Henry Peters
Joseph B. Green
- Amos Richard Dease - Robert Gilmore - Jesse Pratt

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 10, 1889

Richard H. Lee
Joseph C. Lee
Thomas M.K. Lee
William C. Lee
Ulie G. Lee
South 6th Street
Clinton Street

Philadelphia Inquirer
June 13, 1889
Richard H. Lee - Ulie G. Lee - Clinton Street