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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

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