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Maj Louis Anthony Snaer
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Birth: Jun. 13, 1842
New Orleans
Orleans Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: 1917
California, USA

French spelling of middle name: Antoine

Civil War Hero
Captain Louis A. Snaer, Co. B., 73rd U.S.C.T. (1st colored troop to be mustered into the Union Army), holds the distinction of being the sole Creole person of color Officer on the Blakeley Battlefield, the last major battle of the Civil War. At the final charge at Fort Blakeley, Alabama, April 9, 1865, Captain Snaer received a shell wound in his left foot and was treated for six days in the Field Hospital near Fort Blakeley.

Union Major-General Henry C. Merriam said about Snaer, "Captain Snaer fell with a severe wound at my feet as I reached the line. He refused to sheathe his sword or to be carried off the field... No braver officer has honored any flag."

As a result of his gallant conduct in the assault and capture of Fort Blakeley, President Andrew Johnson signed the brevet warrant promoting Louis A. Snaer to the rank of Major.

Snaer moved to California and died there in 1917 at the age of 75.

It is interesting to note that Louis A. Snaer was first an officer on the side of the South in the Civil War, serving in the 1st Louisiana Native Guards organized by the governor of Louisiana in May of 1861, from "free persons of color." After the surrender of New Orleans to the North in 1862, about 10% of these soldiers offered themselves to the Union. Union General Benjamin Butler accepted and mustered the regiment into the service of the North on September 27, 1862.

Birth
New Orleans, Louisiana Birth Records
Name: Louis Antoine Snaer
Birth Date: 13 Jun 1842
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana
Race: Colored
Father's Name: Francois Snaer
Mother's name: Emiren Beluche

1860 Census, New Orleans, Orleans, LA, p 245
Francois Snair 56, b. France, value real estate $5,000, personal estate $1000, Grocer
Anne Snair, female, 36
Louis* A Snaer, male, 18, b. New Orleans, Clerk
P A Snaer, male, 17, b. New Orleans, Clerk
R C Snaer 16, b. New Orleans, Clerk
J Alex Snaer, male, 11, b. New Orleans
J Snaer 10, male, b. New Orleans
Victorie Snaer, female, 7, b. New Orleans
Joseph O Snaer, male, 3, b. New Orleans

1910 Census, Oakland, Alameda, CA, p 12B, ED 149; 1118 15th Ave
-Louis* A Snare, head, 67, 1st marriage, married 30 yrs, b. LA, father Holland, mother LA, Clerk Box factory, rents home.
-Emma Snare, wife, 48, 1st marriage, m. 30 yrs, 7 children born, 5 living, b. LA, father Italy, mother France
-Emma Snare, dau, 23, b. LA, parents b. LA, Clerk Insurance office
-Victoria Snare, dau, 16, b. LA, parents LA
-Zelisca Presas, aunt [of wife], 78, single, born France, father Spain, mother France

Definitions
Creole: Louisiana Creole people refers to those who are descended from the colonial settlers in Louisiana, especially those of French and Spanish descent.

Sources include:
Public records, birth, death, census
http://www.blakeleypark.com/73rdusct.htm 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Marie Antoinette Emma Gandolfi Snaer (1857 - 1943)*
 
 Children:
  Emma Anne Snaer Hastie (1882 - 1972)*
  Victoria Margaret Snaer Moore (1891 - 1970)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Louis A. Snaer
1842 - 1917
Emma M Snaer
1855 - 1843
 
Note: Shared marker with wife
 
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
 
Created by: GreenHills Stones Callin...
Record added: Nov 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100087737
Maj Louis Anthony Snaer
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