Home State: Louisiana
Command Billet: Division Chief of Artillery
Branch of Service: Artillery
He had experience in the French Artillery before the War. He enrolled as First Lieutenant, Company E, First Battalion Louisiana Zouaves on 9 April (or 31 August) 1861. That unit became DeGournay's Battery ("A", Orleans Independent), 12th Battalion Louisiana Heavy Artillery. He was appointed Major of Artillery, Provisional Army of the Cofederate States on 27 March 1862, and assigned as Chief of Artillery to General D.H. Hill.
On the Campaign
From General D.H. Hill's Report:
Major [J. W.] Ratchford, Major Pierson, chief of artillery, and Lieut. J. A. Reid, of my staff; were conspicuous for their gallantry.
The rest of the War
He was on Ordnance Department duty in Europe in 1863 and 1864 buying artillery. He was assigned to General E.K. Smith in Texas on 25 July 1864.
After the War
He was living in Louisiana to at least 1870.
References & notes
Date not known in FRANCE
1 Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pg. 243 [AotW citation 17591]
2 Carman, Ezra Ayers, and Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, editor, The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, 3 volumes, El Dorado Hills (CA): Savas Beatie, 2010-17, Vol. III, Appendix 3, pg. 273 [AotW citation 17592]
3 US War Department, and F. Ray Sibley, Jr., editor, Confederate Artillery Organizations: An Alphabetical Listing of the Officers and Batteries of the Confederacy, 1861-1865, El Dorado Hills (CA): Savas-Beatie LLC, 2014, pg. 39 [AotW citation 17593]