Edward Higgins

Brigadier General

Headstone: Find-a-Grave

Reference: Alabama Department of Archives & History. Custodian of the original pictures. Confederate Officers photo album.  http://www.archives.alabama.gov/conoffalb/index.html

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Edward Higgins, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, was born in 1821. While living with an uncle in Iberville Parish, Louisiana, he received an appointment as midshipman in the Navy from that state at the age of fourteen. For the next eighteen years he was almost continuously at sea, resigning as a lieutenant in 1854 in order to remain in the mail steamship service between New York and New Orleans. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Higgins went into the Confederate Army as a captain of the 1st Louisiana Artillery, serving as aide-de­camp to General Twiggs, while the latter was post commander at New Orleans. Having been commissioned lieutenant colonel of the 21st Louisiana Infantry, he made a gallant defense of Forts Jackson and St. Philip during the Federal invasion of Louisiana in 1862; later, with rank of colonel, he commanded the river batteries at Vicksburg. Captured and exchanged for the second time upon the capitulation of the city, he was promoted brigadier general to rank from October 29, 1863, and at the express request of General Dabney H. Maury, was detailed to the command of the bay and harbor defenses of Mobile. From the last post he was apparently relieved, since in February 1865 he was residing in Macon, Georgia, "awaiting orders." No record of his final capture or parole appears. Following the war he engaged in the insurance and import business in Norfolk, and was prominent in local affairs. After a flood which occurred in Norfolk in 1872, General Higgins removed to San Francisco, there becoming agent for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. He died in San Francisco on January 31, 1875, and is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.