|Birth: ||Oct. 10, 1834|
|Death: ||Jun. 20, 1888|
Son of Patrick Cassady & Elizabeth Norden, husband of Martha Ann Sibley, father of Martha Agnes, Robert Abner, John Patrick, Albert Sidney, Mary Elizabeth, Joseph Shelby, Coleman Sibley, Brent, Virginia Lee, Elizabeth Mae, and Thomas. He was a physician, farmer, and CSA Civil War Veteran.
Albert Evan Cassady, migrated from Henry County, Alabama to Sabine Parish, Louisiana in 1852, where became a charter member of the Middle Creek Baptist Church.
In 1858 and 1859 he attended the Louisiana College of Medicine (now Tulane Un. School of Medicine), returning to the Robeline area of Natchitoches Parish where he opened a medical practice.
On 5 Jan. 1860 he married Martha Ann Sibley of Sabine Parish, daughter of Robert Lansford Flint Sibley and Mary Louise Jager. They set up residence at what is now called Cassady Springs, just north of Robeline, LA. A. E. farmed and practiced medicine.
On 15 July 1862 Dr. Cassady enrolled as a private in Co. D of the Breazeale Battalion of Partisan Rangers (BBPR - 5 Companies). On 10 August 1862, Dr. Cassady left home, along with his Brother-in-Law John Coleman Sibley to go to the mustering point for his partisan ranger Company at Bethel, LA. On 14 August 1862 Co. D of BBPR reached Camp Butler, two miles from Natchitoches, LA, where they first mustered with the other four companies of the BBPR. On 21 Aug. 1862 Breazeale's Battalion was formally accepted into Louisiana State service. On 23 Aug. 1862 the Battalion began its journey toward Camp Pratt, a camp of instruction 6 miles NE of New Iberia. The Battalion arrived at Camp Pratt on 11 September 1862. On approximately 14 Sept. 1862 the members of Breazeale's Battalion of Partisan Rangers were told to prepare to march to Camp Vincent on Belle Alliance plantation, four miles south of Donaldsonville, LA, to join the 2nd LA Cavalry which was lead by Col. William Germain Vincent. The five companies of the Breazeale's Battalion had been incorporated, along with 5 other companies of Partisan Rangers, into the 10 company regiment, the 2nd LA Cavalry. Reaching the Kock Plantation (Belle Alliance) late on the evening of 22 Sept. 1862, Pvt. A. E. Cassady and 1st Sgt. John Coleman Sibley, now members of Co. E of the 2nd LA Cavalry, fought in their first military engagement on Kock's plantation, against the 21st Indiana Infantry, driving this Union unit back to Donaldsonville.
At some point late in 1862 Dr. Cassady was moved from Co. E of the 2nd LA Cavalry and was assigned to the Trans- Mississippi Medical Dept. He was assigned to the newly formed Taylor Hospital (hospital for Major General Richard Taylor's Western Louisiana command, just formed) in Pineville, LA at the rank of Captain. Taylor Hospital was located in the main building of the Louisiana Seminary of learning and Military Academy, which was located in Pineville, LA, immediately across from the present day VA Hospital. For a time in the first quarter of 1863 he was assigned as ship's Asst. Surgeon on the CSS William H. Webb an armored Confederate Ram (John Coleman Sibley letter to his wife of mid-March 1863). Although I can find no documentation, I think it possible that Dr. Cassady was aboard the CSS Webb on 24 February 1863 when the CSS Webb very actively participated in the capture of the armored Union gunboat, the USS Indianola on the Mississippi River near Natchez, MS.
Based on a 1st Sgt. John Coleman Sibley diary entry, and one of his letters, We know that Dr. Cassady as visiting his friends in Co. E, 2nd LA Cavalry on 22 June 1863, and actively participated in the Battle of Brashear City (now Morgan City) on 23 June 1863. During and after the Battles of Mansfield (8 April 1864) and Pleasant Hill (9 April 1864), he was actively involved in caring for the wounded from the fighting in these battles and during the remainder of the Red River Campaign (14 March to 22 May 1864). Although the war continue in Louisiana until the end of May 1865, there was no further significant fighting in Louisiana and Dr. Cassady probably retired from Confederate Medical service around the 1st of Jan. 1865. He signed his formal parole at Union Headquarters in Natchitoches on 8 June 1865.
In the years after the Civil War he practiced medicine in Robeline, farmed, owned a blacksmith shop, and opened a pharmacy in Robeline. In 1884 he was elected as a Louisiana State Legislator from Natchitoches Parish, serving from 1864 until his death on 20 Jan. 1888 of Bright's Disease (kidney failure). While in the Louisiana State Legislature he helped to write and drive the passage of Louisiana Act 51 of 1884, which approved the founding of a Louisiana Normal College for the training of teachers. Leopold Caspari and Dr. A. E. Cassady of Natchitoches Parish and, and State Senator James Seay of Shreveport, were the authors of the bill and leaders in the formation of Louisiana Normal at Natchitoches, LA - Now Northwestern State University of Louisiana - in 1885.
Robert Abner Cassady (1861 - 1900)*
Albert Sidney Cassady (1866 - 1931)*
Joseph Shelby Cassady (1868 - 1938)*
Coleman Sibley Cassady (1870 - 1921)*
Created by: SteveF
Record added: Jan 05, 2009
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