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Civil War Soldiers - Berry
|Berry, Hiram G., major-general, U.S.
Army, was born in Thomaston (now Rockland), Me., Aug. 27, 1824,
learned the carpenter trade as a boy, and afterwards became a
navigator. He represented his native town for several terms in the
state legislature and was mayor of the city of Rockland. At Rockland
he organized and for several years commanded a company called the
Rockland Guard, which was well known for its excellent discipline. At
the beginning of the Civil war, Gen. Berry entered the service as
colonel of the 4th Maine infantry, took part in the battle of Bull
Run, the siege of Yorktown, and on April 4, 1862, was made a
brigadier-general. He was present at the battles of Fair Oaks and
Williamsburg, at the Seven Days' fight, the second Bull Run campaign,
and Chantilly. In Jan., 1863, he was nominated by the president as
major-general of volunteers, the nomination was confirmed, and he was
placed in command of the 2nd division of the 3d army corps, succeeding
Gen. Sickles. Berry lost his life at a critical juncture in the battle
of Chancellorsville, when, at the head of his division, he was leading
a bayonet charge against the enemy.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908