Andrew Hero, Jr.(1829 - 1905)
Home State: Louisiana
Command Billet: Battery officer
Branch of Service: Artillery
Unit: Washington (LA) Artillery, 3rd Company
Before the Antietam Campaign:
On 26 May 1861 as the 4 Companies of the Washington Artillery were mustered into Confederate service, Hero was 3rd Sergeant, Third Company. He was promoted to 1st Sergeant in November, 2nd Lieutenant in May 1862, and 1st Lieutenant in August.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded in action early on 17 September at Sharpsburg.
The remainder of the War:
He was appointed to the rank of Captain and command of the battery on 27 February 1864 after Captain Miller was promoted, and served in that role til nearly the end of the War. He was again wounded at Petersburg, Virginia in April 1865 and captured there with his command.
After the War:
He was a notary public, prominent land owner and attorney in New Orleans after the War. He ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the US House of Representatives in 1886, and for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana in 1888. He remained active in the Washington Artilery - rising to be its Major, and was an Elk and a Mason.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Military service from Owen1 and Bergeron2, with biographical details from the guide (pdf) to his Papers in the Hill Memorial Library at the Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. The image above is from an albumen photograph sold at auction by Cowen's in 2004.
|Place of Birth: New Orleans, LA |
1 Owen, William Miller, In Camp and Battle with the Washington Artillery of New Orleans, Boston: Ticknor & Co., 1885, pp. 10, 146, 233, 309, 369, 448 [AotW citation 976]
2 Bergeron, Jr., Arthur W., Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units, 1861-1865, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1996, pg. 14 [AotW citation 977]
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