Monday, March 29, 2010

Colonel Andrew Eugene Erwin

Andrew Eugene Erwin.

Birth: Oct. 2, 1830, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.

Death: Jun. 25, 1863, Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi.

The siege of Vicksburg.

On June 26, 1863, the Sixth Missouri Infantry, colonel Eugene Erwin, was in reserve in rear of the THIRD Louisiana Infantry, colonel Eugene ERWIN, was in reserve in rear of the THIRD Louisiana Infantry, which occupied the redan north of the Jackson road. About 4 p. m. this day the enemy exploded a mine;, blowing up the outer portion of this redan, and immediate soon as the explosion occurred, arched to this point. The enemy occupied the outer slope of this work, and Colonel Erwin and the THIRD Louisiana and Infantry occupied a inner corps-work a 25 feet from the enemy, to carry this redan, but every effort of the enemy was successfully repulsed. In this struggle, colonel Eugene Erwin, of the Sixth Missouri Infantry, a most fearless, prudent, and meritorious officer, was pierced by two balls and poured out the crimsoned treasures of his heart on his country altar, and now, among the lifeless defenders of Vicksburg, fills a patriot soldier's gave.

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