Andrew Leopold was born at Sharpsburg, Maryland. On April 20th, 1861, Leopold enlisted as a private in Co. “F” 1st Virginia Cavalry and served as the 1st Cavalry color bearer. He later transferred to Co. “D” 12th Virginia Cavalry and was promoted to lieutenant in September 1862. In the 12th Leopold served as a scout with Redmond Burke, and was captured with Burke at Shepherdstown on November 28, 1862. Upon Burke’s death he became the leader of the squad.
Leopold was exchanged on January 6, 1863. Captured once again at Shepherdstown on April 22, 1863, Leopold was sent to Fort McHenry. He was court-martialed “…for shooting Union sympathizers at Shepherdstown,” found guilty, and received a death sentence. Andrew Leopold was hanged May 12th, 1864, by order of Union Gen. John Adams Dix.
Photograph courtesy of Horace Newborn.