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Civil War Soldiers - Hitchcock

Hitchcock, Ethan A., major-general, U.S. Army, was born in Vergennes, Vt., May 18, 1798. He was graduated at West Point in 1817 and saw continuous service in the United States army until 1855, when he resigned on account of personal differences with Jefferson Davis, then secretary of war. He served during this period on frontier duty, as instructor and later commandant at West Point, in the Seminole war and in the Mexican war, where he won the brevets of colonel and brigadier-general for gallantry. At the beginning of the Civil war he re-entered the army, was made major-general of volunteers and stationed at Washington, where he served on the commission for the exchange of prisoners and on that for the revision of the military code. He was a warm personal friend and the military adviser of President Lincoln. After the war he served on the Pacific coast, but resigned in 1867 on account of ill health and died in Sparta, Ga., Aug. 5, 1870.

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

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