Sunday, December 27, 2015

Andrew A Hurd .

Andrew A Hurd.

Birth: Feb. 9, 1844.
Death: Jan. 15, 1898.

Burial: Grove Cemetery, Belfast, Waldo County,Maine.

Maine Twenty- Sixth Infantry Co. A., Regimental History.


Page 162-163, Was born in Unity, February 9, 1844; he was eighteen years of age when he enlisted in Company A, Twenty-Sixth Maine Regiment, the 10th of September, 1862, as a private ; was mustered out in Bangor at Camp John Pope, the 17th of August, 1863. Was with the regiment in all the battles except the last seige at Fort Hudson, being unable to attend duty at that time. He contracted a severe cold lying on the ground without shelter during a hard rain storm at Opelousas ; was sick at Barers Lauding, La., was sent to Brashear City, and from there to the Cotton Press barracks Hospital, New Orleans ; was there sick until about the middle of July, lS(i3, with malarial fever, followed by chronic diarrhea, and at Port Hudson was sick with heart trouble. Captain Metcher tells an incident that happened at the battle ol Irish Pond : The company were ordered to lie on their backs and load, turn over and fire. Hurd could not load quick enough to suit him on his back so stood up to load. Captain Fletcher ordered him to "lie down," he paid no attention. Captain Fletcher told him he should shoot him if he did not obey orders, but he continued to load and fire standing, until they were ordered to retreat.

Dr. Williams of Rockland tells a story of Hurd : As they were retreating on the run in this same battle, he saw one of  the men shot down and he begged them not to leave him to  be taken prisoner ; after running on a short distance Hurd concluded he could not leave his comrade, so turned in the face of the enemy, went back and brought the wounded man from the field in his arms.

A. A. Hurd was married in Belfast, November 17, 1870, to Louise S. Cunningham ; has been engaged in the wholesale confectionery business in Belfast, since 1873 until January, 1897, when he retired from business, being unable to attend it any longer. He is now fifty-three years old. His post office address is Belfast, Maine.

Comrade A. A. Hurd died at East Belfast, January If), 98, and was buried in the cemetery at Belfast. His death resulted from disease contracted in the service of the United Sates in the Twenty-Sixth Maine Regiment.)

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