Great you found a one-liner to handle it, but this is not really unique information that deserves a forum topic. This is something you write in your personal notes so you don't lose it. Now you're just using the OpenWrt forum as your personal notepad.
It looks like my LAN interface is not getting assigned. What do I need to add?
I'm booting up a ThinkPad X1 Carbon which uses an Intel PRO/1000 NIC. The Network Driver e1000e gets loaded while booting.
I have defined 'eth0' as the device for the lan interface but it doesn't show up when I run ifconfig.
Does the boot log show the driver attaching to the chip and assigning it eth0? If you just see e1000e loaded and nothing further, that means it didn't find the chip. Check earlier in the bootlog for the PCI vendor:product ID of the chip and look up what driver it uses.
I just checked my connection and my LAN cable is actually connected via a USB LAN port which I believe has a Realtek chip, but am not sure. How do I tell? And how can I tell if OpenWrt has an appropriate driver?