I compiled this from "A History of the Tenth Regiment, Vt. Vols" and contemporary newspaper accounts.
Union Army officer, Attorney. Steele attended St. Johnsbury Academy, worked as a schoolteacher, and studied law with his brother Benjamin. In 1862, he volunteered for the Civil War and was appointed to command Company K, 10th Vermont Infantry. He was wounded at Spotsylvania, and then served in Louisiana and Mississippi as a Commissary officer. He left the Army with the rank of Brevet Major, and remained in Louisiana to take part in Reconstruction. A Republican, he was a Delegate to the 1868 state constitutional convention, and was elected Judge of Tensas Parish. He was also selected to serve as an 1868 presidential Elector, and cast his ballot for Grant and Colfax. In 1871, he was appointed District Attorney of the 13th Judicial District. He then served as Louisiana’s Assistant Attorney General and Judge of the Orleans Parish Superior Court, and was Attorney General from 1875 to 1877. He then resumed office as District Attorney of the 13th District. He was also a Delegate to the 1879 state constitutional convention. After the Democratic Party returned to power in Louisiana, Steele moved to Brooklyn, where he practiced law and served as Kings County District Attorney in 1899.
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