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Civil War Soldiers - Hobson

Hobson, Edward H., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Greensburg, Ky., July 11, 1825. He served in the Mexican war as lieutenant in the 2nd Ky. volunteers, distinguishing himself at Buena Vista, and at the outbreak of the Civil war recruited the 13th Ky. volunteers, drilling them at Camp Hobson and receiving his commission as colonel Jan. 1, 1862. He joined Buell's army in Feb., 1862, and distinguished himself at Shiloh, where he was wounded. He was made a brigadier-general, but did not receive his commission until he had still further distinguished himself at the siege of Corinth and at Perryville, where he commanded a brigade. The condition of his troops after this latter battle relieved the regiment from active service, and he was ordered to Munfordville, Ky., where he had charge of the drilling of 10,000 recruits. Then, as commander of the Southern district of Kentucky, he was chief commander of the force engaged in the pursuit of Morgan, whom he followed through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. He was made commander of Burnside's cavalry corps but was prevented by ill health from serving, and established himself at Lexington, Ky., where he engaged in repelling raids. He was mustered out of the army in Aug., 1865, and having been a banker before the war, resumed this business, became interested also in railroads and was elected president of the southern division of the Cumberland & Ohio railway. He was delegate to and vice-president of the Republican national convention in 1880, supporting President Grant for the third nomination. Gen. Hobson died Sept. 14, 1901.

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

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