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Civil War Soldiers - Hinks
|Hinks, Edward W., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born in Bucksport, Me., May 30, 1830. He was educated
in the schools of his native village, moved to Bangor in 1845, was
printer on the Bangor "Whig and Courier" until 1849, when he moved to
Boston, and in 1855 he was a member of the Massachusetts legislature.
He was among the first to volunteer his services to help defend Fort
Moultrie, became lieutenant-colonel of the 8th Mass. regiment in
April, and while on the march to Washington commanded a party that
assisted in saving the frigate "Constitution" at Annapolis. He was for
this service commissioned 2nd lieutenant in the regular service, April
26, 1861, and he was subsequently promoted colonel of the 19th Mass.
volunteers, May 16, 1861, commanding a brigade in Sedgwick's division
of the Army of the Potomac, Sept., 1861, to Sept., 1862, and taking
part in all the engagements from Ball's bluff to Antietam, when he was
disabled from wounds and forced to retire from active service. He was
promoted brigadier-general of volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862, was on
court-martial duty, 1863-64, commanded the camp of prisoners of war at
Camp Lookout, Md., in March and April, 1864, and then joined the Army
of the James, commanding a division of colored troops in the field
operations of that year, and distinguishing himself in the preliminary
engagements and the assault at Petersburg. He commanded the draft
rendezvous on Hart's island, N. Y., from Oct., 1864, to Jan., 1865,
and was then until the close of the war chief mustering officer for
the United States in New York city. He was brevetted major-general of
volunteers, March 13, 1865, was made lieutenant-colonel of the 40th U.
S. infantry, July 28, 1866, commanded the National soldiers' home, and
was afterwards deputy-governor of the soldiers' homes at Hampton, Va.,
and Milwaukee, Wis. Gen. Hinks died in Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 14,
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908