b. 29/12/1846 Fallsington, Pennsylvania. d. 05/04/1937 Saint Paul, Nebraska.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 02/09/1868 Fort Dodge, Kansas.
Leander Herron was born on December 29, 1846 in Fallsington, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Dr. George and Mary (Merrick) Herron.
His father was a medical doctor in Philadelphia and practiced medicine before moving to Bucks County, Pennsylvania where he continued practicing his profession. Herron was only two years old when his mother died and he was placed in the care of his aunt. He attended the public schools of Fallsington until he moved to Hannahville, Canal Township, in Vanango County, Pennsylvania.
From 1858 to 1862 Leander worked on a packet boat on the canal between Erie and Pittsburgh. When Fort Sumter was attacked at the beginning of the American Civil War, Herron wanted to join the Union Army, but was rejected because he was only 14 at the time.
On December 10, 1863, shortly before his 17th birthday, Herron enlisted in Company C, 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighed slightly more than 100 pounds. He served with the 83rd Pennsylvania in the Siege of Petersburg and at Appomattox Court House. He was mustered out with his regiment on June 28, 1865.
While detailed as mail courier from the fort, voluntarily went to the assistance of a party of 4 enlisted men, who were attacked by about 50 Indians at some distance from the fort and remained with them until the party was relieved.
BURIAL LOCATION: ELMWOOD CEMETERY, SAINT PAUL, NEBRASKA.
Lot 519, Space 1