George Leonard Andrews

Was born at Bridgewater, Massachusetts, on August 31, 1828. After finishing the state normal school in Bridge-water, he attended West Point and was graduated at the head of the class of 1851. He worked in the Engineer Corps on the construction of Fort Warren in Boston Harbor and, after a brief tour at the Academy as an assistant professor, Andrews resigned in 1855 to pursue the profession of civil engineer. He returned to the army as lieutenant colonel of the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry, of which he became colonel in June, 1862. On November 10, 1862, he was appointed brigadier general of volunteers and was involved in some of the early battles in the Eastern theater of war, including Cedar Mountain and Sharpsburg. He served with General N. P. Banks's expedition to Louisiana as chief of staff, taking part in the siege and capture of Port Hudson. Until joining the attack on Mobile, Andrews was placed in command of a district near Baton Rouge and charged with the organization and training of Negro troops raised from the vicinity of the Mississippi. He was mustered out in August, 1865, having been brevetted a major general of volunteers. His civil occupations included being a planter in Mississippi from 1865 until 1867, a United States marshal of Massachusetts until 1871, and a professor of French at West Point. Retiring in 1892, he made his residence in Brookline. Massachusetts, where he died April 4, 1899. He is buried in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge.

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Reference:  Generals in Blue.  Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Louisiana State University Press.  Baton Rouge.