(1822–84) Confederate army officer and civil engineer, born in Washington, D.C. Lovell was charged with defending the inadequately fortified city and port of New Orleans, which was surrendered to Adm. David Farragut early in the conflict (1862). During his next assignment, retaking the strategic railroad junction of Corinth, Mississippi, (1862), his failure to obey orders resulted in his being relieved of command. He remained without any assignment virtually for the remainder of the war. (Another came in March 1865, but the end of the war rendered it meaningless.) After the war Lovell worked as a civil engineer and surveyor in New York, as he had done in the years just prior to the war. Before the Civil War, Lovell had been a career soldier who saw combat during the Mexican War (1846–48) and was wounded at the Battle of Monterrey (1846) and the storming of Mexico City (1847).
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.