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Civil War Soldiers - Hovey

Hovey, Alvin P., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Posey county, Ind., Sept. 6, 1821. He was educated in the Mount Vernon common schools, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1843, practising subsequently with great success. He was a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1850, judge of the third judicial circuit, 1851-54, judge of the state supreme court, 1854-56; president of the state Democratic convention, in 1855, U. S. district attorney for Indiana, 1855-58, and in 1858 an unsuccessful candidate for Congress. He entered the service of the United States in 1861 as colonel of the 24th Ind. volunteers and was promoted brigadier- general of volunteers, April 28, 1862. He commanded the eastern district of Arkansas in 1863 and the district of Indiana in 1864-65. Gen. Grant accredited him in his official report with the honor of the key-battle of the Vicksburg campaign, that of Champion's hill. Gen. Hovey resigned Oct. 7, 1865, and was, from 1865-70, by appointment of President Lincoln, U. S. minister to Peru. He was a Republican representative in the 50th Congress, 1887-89 ; governor of Indiana, 1889-91, and Republican candidate for the United States senate in Jan., 1891. He died in Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 23, 1891.

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

Hovey, Charles E., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Thetford, Vt., April 26, 1827. He was educated at Dartmouth college, where he was graduated in 1852; was principal of the high school in Farmingham, Mass., 1852-54; of the boys' high school, Peoria, Ill., 1854- 56; superintendent of public schools of Peoria, 1856-57; president of the state teachers' association, 1856; organizer and first president of the Illinois state normal university, 1857-61. He entered the national service in Aug., 1861, as colonel of the 33d Ill. regiment, which was composed principally of young men from the state colleges, and on Sept. 5, 1862, he was promoted brigadier-general. He was forced by ill health to resign from the army in the spring of 1863, and on March 13, 1865, was given the brevet rank of major- general of volunteers "for gallant and meritorious conduct in battle, particularly at Arkansas Post, Jan. 11, 1863. After the war Gen. Hovey practised law in Washington. He died in Washington, D. C., Nov. 17, 1897.

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

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