oval albumen portrait with Captain Hero's ink signature on trimmed mount, most likely immediate post war. Andrew Hero Jr., joined the 3rd Company of the illustrious Washington Artillery of New Orleans as sergeant in May 1861. The first four companies of elite Louisiana gunners were assigned to the eastern theater and fought their 12lb. Napoleon's in every major battle of the Army of the Northern Virginia until the very end. Andrew Hero was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in August 1862 and was wounded at Sharpsburg the following month. He was present with the battery at Gettysburg and took command of the 3rd Company on February 27, 1864, promoted to Captain. Near the end of the war Hero was once again wounded at Petersburg, his battery going into captivity during the final retreat on April 8, 1865. After the war Hero ran for Lt. Governor of Louisiana. His son and namesake, Andrew Hero Jr., walked in the old gunner's footsteps and was himself Major General, Chief of Coast Artillery from 1926 to 1930.
Condition: Albumen EXC, sharp with strong tones. Mount once trimmed for custom mat now missing.