Herbert, Hilary Abner
- Mark R. Shulman
Herbert, Hilary Abner (12 March 1834–06 March 1919), Confederate soldier, congressman, and secretary of the navy, was born in Laurensville, South Carolina, the son of Thomas Edward Herbert and Dorothy Teague Young, teachers and slaveholding farmers. The Herberts moved to Alabama in 1846, and Hilary matriculated as a sophomore at the state university in 1853 only to quit that same year, along with most of his class, in protest against harsh discipline. He attended the University of Virginia from October 1854 to February 1856 before a stomach ailment forced his withdrawal. Eventually he read law in Alabama, practicing in Greenville until 1861....