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Civil War Soldiers - Hamlin
|Hamlin, Cyrus, brigadier-general, U.S.
Army, was born in Hampden, Me., April 26, 1839, was educated at
Hampden academy and at Colby university, but left Colby before
graduating and studied law, being admitted to the bar in 1860, and
practising in York county, Me. He was appointed captain and
aide-de-camp to Gen. Fremont in 1862 and attracted that officer's
favorable notice by his conduct at Cross Keys. He was among the
earliest officers in the army to advocate enlisting the negro, was
appointed colonel of the 80th U. S. colored infantry, Feb. 12, 1863,
serving in the Department of the Gulf, and on Dec. 3, 1864, was made
brigadier-general of volunteers. He commanded Port Hudson, 1864-65,
and on March 13, 1865, was brevetted major-general of volunteers for
distinguished service during the war. He remained at New Orleans after
the war, practising law and taking an active part in the movements of
the reconstruction period, and died there, Aug. 28, 1867, of disease
contracted while in the army.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908