|Birth||Dec. 29, 1846|
|Death||April 5, 1937|
|Cemetery||Elmwood (St Paul)|
|Post||Canby (St Paul)|
|Unit||83rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C|
Private Leander Herron
Company C, 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry
Herron was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania on December 29, 1846. Bucks County is located in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania. He enlisted and was mustered as a 17-year old private on December 10, 1864. Herron served about 7 months and was mustered out June 28, 1865 at Washington DC.
Herron joined the regiment in the final stages of the Civil War. During his enlistment, the regiment was part of the Appomattox Campaign (March 28 – April 9, 1865) and was at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865 when General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia. In addition, the unit participated in the Grand Review of the Troops in Washington DC on May 23, 1865.
Herron rejoined the military after the Civil War as a member of the 3rd United States Infantry. While a member of that unit he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on September 2, 1868 near Fort Dodge, Kansas. The “Find-a-Grave” website indicates that “while detailed as a mail courier from the fort, voluntarily went to the assistance of a party of 4 enlisted men, who were attacked by about 50 Indians at some distance from the fort and remained with them until the part was relieved”.
Herron died on April 5, 1937 (age of 90 years) and is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul (Howard County), Nebraska. He was one of the last members of the Canby Post (#8) of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Doc – Herron(83PA).doc
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.