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Civil War Soldiers - Hamilton

Hamilton, Andrew J., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Madison county, Ala., Jan. 28, 1815. He was for some years clerk of the circuit court of his native county, moved to Texas in 1846 and practised law at Austin, becoming attorney-general of the state and a Buchanan elector. He was a representative in the 39th Congress, 1859-61, having been elected as a Republican, opposed the secession of Texas in 1861 and removed north. He was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers in 1862, and in the same year was appointed by President Lincoln military governor of Texas. He commanded the U. S. troops at Matamora. In 1865 he became provisional governor of the state under appointment of President Johnson, and in 1866 he became a justice of the supreme court of the state. The same year he was delegate to the Philadelphia loyalists' convention, and also delegate to the soldiers' convention held in Pittsburg. He was an independent candidate for governor of Texas in 1869, but was defeated. Gen. Hamilton died in Austin, Tex., April 10, 1875.

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

Hamilton, Charles S., major-general, U.S. Army, was born in Westernville, N. Y., Nov. 16, 1822. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1843, went to Mexico in 1846 as 1st lieutenant in the army of occupation, was brevetted captain for gallantry at Contreras and Churubusco, and was severely wounded at Molino del Rey. He subsequently served on frontier duty until 1853, when he resigned his commission and engaged in farming and milling at Fond du Lac, Wis., returning to the service of the United States at the beginning of the Civil war as colonel of the 3d Wis. volunteers, May 11, 1861, and being promoted six days later to brigadier-general. When Banks opposed the advance of "Stonewall" Jackson in northern Virginia, Gen. Hamilton commanded the 1st division. He was transferred to the Army of the Potomac in 1862 and served in the operations of that year, including the siege of Yorktown, receiving promotion to the rank of major-general of volunteers Sept. 19, 1862. Being transferred to the Army of the Mississippi, he commanded the 3d division at Iuka, Sept. 19, 1862, and at Corinth on Oct. 3 and 4, and was then, until Jan., 1863, commander of the left wing of the Army of the Tennessee. Resigning from the army in April, 1863, he returned to Wisconsin, was member of the board of regents of the University of Wisconsin, 1866-75, being president of the board, 1869-75, and from 1869 to 1875 was United States marshal for the district of Wisconsin. Gen. Hamilton died in Milwaukee, Wis., April 17, 1891.

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

Hamilton, Schuyler, major-general, U.S. Army, was born in New York city, July 25, 1822. He was graduated at West Point in 1841, entered the first infantry and served on the plains and as assistant instructor in tactics at West Point. In the Mexican war he served with conspicuous distinction, being brevetted 1st lieutenant for gallantry at Monterey, where he was severely wounded, and captain for gallantry at Mil Flores, where in a hand-to-hand encounter with Mexican lancers, he was wounded by a lance, which passed entirely through his body. He was promoted 1st lieutenant in March, 1848, was acting aide-de-camp to Gen. Scott from 1847 to 1854, and in 1855 resigned from the army. At the beginning of the Civil war he reentered the national service, volunteering as a private in the 7th regiment, N. Y. state militia, served for a time on the staff of Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, and afterwards acted as military secretary to Gen. Scott until the latter's retirement, being instrumental in preventing the murder of certain Confederate prisoners of war captured on the battle field of Bull Run. He was subsequently assistant chief of staff to Gen. H. W. Halleck, with the rank of colonel, was commissioned brigadier- general of volunteers on Nov. 12, 1861, and ordered to command the Department of St. Louis. He served with Grant's army operating in western Kentucky and Tennessee, suggested to Gen. Pope the cutting of a canal to turn the enemy's position at Island No. 10, and commanded a division in the assault on that island and New Madrid, for which he was promoted major-general of volunteers on Sept. 17, 1862. He commanded the reserve at the battle of Farmington. On Feb. 27, 1863, he was compelled to resign on account of feeble health. After the war Gen. Hamilton made a number of attempts to be reinstated on the army list as lieutenant-colonel and colonel U. S. A., but was unsuccessful, and his friends have always maintained that in neglecting to restore him to rank the government was guilty of gross injustice to a brave and faithful officer. He was hydrographic engineer for the department of docks, New York city, 1871-75. Gen. Hamilton died March 18, 1903.

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

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