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Civil War Soldiers - Hamblin

Hamblin, Joseph E., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Yarmouth, Mass., in 1828, was for many years prior to the Civil war a member of the 7th N. Y. militia regiment, and on the outbreak of the war accompanied that regiment to Washington. At the expiration of his first thirty days' service he was made adjutant of the 5th N. Y. volunteers, and was soon afterward transferred as lieutenant-colonel to the 65th N. Y. volunteers and assigned to the 1st brigade, 3d division, Army of the Potomac, under Gen. Joseph Hooker. He commanded his regiment at Chancellorsville, distinguished himself at Hazel run, May 2, 1862, was promoted colonel and led his regiment at Gettysburg during the entire engagement. He served under Grant from the Wilderness to Petersburg, was with Sheridan's army in the valley, where he commanded the 2nd brigade in the battle of Cedar creek and was severely wounded. For gallantry at Cedar creek he was brevetted brigadier-general and given command of the brigade, and upon the return of the corps to Petersburg he was promoted to the full rank of brigadier-general of volunteers and participated in all the subsequent engagements of the Army of the Potomac to the surrender at Appomattox, being brevetted major-general of volunteers for distinguished bravery at Sailor's creek. He was mustered out of the service, Jan. 15, 1866, and returned to New York city, where he died July 3, 1870.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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