Paul Octave Hebert

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Paul Octave Hebert, like his cousin Louis Hebert a native of Iberville Parish, Louisiana, was born December 12, 1818. A brilliant scholastic career was capped by his graduation first in his class at Jefferson College in 1836. He enjoyed the same distinction at West Point four years later, where William T. Sherman and George H. Thomas were his classmates. Resigning from the army in 1845, he had a notable career ante-bellum, which included distinguished service in the war with Mexico (during which he received the brevet rank of colonel for gallantry at Molino del Rey), and election as governor of Louisiana in 1852. At the time he was said to be the youngest man ever elected to that office. Commissioned colonel of the 1st Louisiana Artillery early in 1861, he was soon appointed brigadier general, on August 17, and commanded in Louisiana for a time. Soon after he was transferred to what later became the Trans-Mississippi Department. He commanded successively the Department of Texas, the Galveston defenses, and the Sub district of North Louisiana; meantime he engaged in only one action of consequence, that of Milliken's Bend. During the post-bellum period he led the wing of the Louisiana Democrats which supported Horace Greeley for the Presidency of the United States in 1872. Suffering from cancer, he died in New Orleans on August 29, 1880, and is buried near Bayou Goula, Louisiana.

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