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 Edward Higgins

Edward Higgins

Birth
Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA
Death 31 Jan 1875 (aged 53–54)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot Calvary Section (Section H), Row 12, Area 3, Grave 17: Mass reinterment, no individual markers
Memorial ID 4523 · View Source
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Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, as a boy he lived with an uncle in Louisiana. He later accepted an appointment as a midshipman in the United States Navy in 1836, and served until resigning as a Lieutenant in 1854. Until the Civil War, he was a civilian executive officer on mail steamers sailing East coast waters. In spring 1861 he joined the 1st Louisiana Artillery as Captain. He became aide-de-camp to Confederate department commander Major General David E. Twiggs. He supervised construction of the Ship Island defenses, and during the early blockade of Galveston, Texas, he was recommended by Twiggs to head a relief expedition to drive off the United States Navy from the city. The expedition proved to be unnecessary, and he was promoted Lieutenant Colonel of the 21st Louisiana Infantry. As Colonel Johnson K. Duncan's second-in-command, he oversaw the garrisons at Forts Jackson and St. Philip and the defense of New Orleans. After brief imprisonment when Federal troops captured the forts in 1862, he was exchanged and sent to duty in the Vicksburg river batteries. As part of Brigadier General Stephen D. Lee's brigade, he commanded the 22nd Louisiana Artillery at the Snyder's Mill defenses. On Confederate surrender of Vicksburg in July 1863, he again became a prisoner. Exchanged a second time, he was promoted a Brigadier General on the request of Major General Dabney H. Maury, with whom he had served at Vicksburg. He reported to the defenses at Mobile, Alabama, serving there through much of 1864. Then, for reasons unknown, he was relieved of duty and left to await orders until the end of the war. Afterwards, he returned to Norfolk and worked as an importer and insurance agent until 1872. He moved to San Francisco, California, to become a steamship agent. There he would later die. First internment was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, San Francisco, California. The remains from Mount Calvary were mass removed to Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, California.

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  • Added: 11 Feb 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4523
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Higgins (1821–31 Jan 1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4523, citing Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .