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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, 1894.

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

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