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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