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Civil War Soldiers - Hunt

Hunt, Henry J., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Detroit, Mich., Sept. 14, 1819. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1839, served in the Canada border disturbances of that year, and afterwards until the Mexican war was stationed at forts and on recruiting duty, being promoted 1st lieutenant in 1846. He was brevetted captain for gallantry at Contreras and Churubusco, and major for services at Chapultepec, was engaged also at Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, San Antonio, Molino del Rey, where he was twice wounded, and in the assault and capture of the City of Mexico. He was promoted captain in 1852, was placed in command of Harper's Ferry, Jan. 3, 1861, was promoted major, May 14, 1861, and in the battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861, commanded the artillery on the extreme left. After being in charge of the defenses of Washington, July to Sept., 1861, he was placed on the staff of Gen. McClellan, Sept. 28, with the rank of colonel, and he organized the artillery reserve of the Army of the Potomac, which he commanded at Gaines' mill, July 2-7, 1861, and rendered conspicuous service in covering the retreat of McClellan's army to Malvern hill, at the battle of that place, July 1, 1862, distinguishing himself and having two horses shot under him. He was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers in Sept., 1862, and as chief of artillery of the Army of the Potomac was present at Fredericksburg, where he commanded the artillery, posting 147 guns on Stafford heights, Nov. 21, 1862, and he also commanded the artillery in the Chancellorsville campaign. For his services at Gettysburg, where he was chief of artillery of the Army of the Potomac, he was brevetted colonel U. S. A., and he was given the brevet of major-general of volunteers, July 6, 1864, "for faithful and highly meritorious services" in the campaign from the Rapidan to Petersburg. For services in the campaign ending with Lee's surrender he was brevetted brigadier-general U. S. A., and for services in the war, major- general U. S. A., the last two brevets dating from March 13, 1865. He was made colonel of the 5th U. S. artillery, April 4, 1869; was retired from active service, Sept. 14, 1883, and commanded the Soldiers' Home, Washington, until 1889. Gen. Hunt died in Washington, D. C., Feb. 11, 1889.

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

Hunt, Lewis C., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Fort Howard, Green Bay, Wis., Feb. 23, 1824, and was graduated at the U. S. military academy at West Point in 1847. He was assigned to the infantry, served on the Pacific coast and commanded the U. S. detachment in the joint occupation of San Juan island in 1859, having been promoted captain in 1855. He was ordered to Washington on the outbreak of the Civil war, took part in the Peninsular campaign of 1862, was made colonel of the 92nd N. Y. volunteers, May 21, 1862, and was severely wounded at Fair Oaks. He received promotion to the rank of brigadier-general of volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862, and served during the winter of 1862-63 in North Carolina, receiving the brevet of colonel for gallantry at Kinston. He was made major of the 14th infantry, June 8, 1863, was in charge of the draft rendezvous at New Haven, Conn., 1863-64, was then on special duty in Missouri and Kansas, and after that commanded the defenses of New York harbor, 1864-66. He was brevetted brigadier-general U. S. A. for his services in the war, March 13, 1865, and afterwards served in command of various posts, becoming lieutenant-colonel in 1868 and colonel of the 14th infantry, May 19, 1881. He died at Fort Union, N. M., Sept. 6, 1886.

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

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