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Civil War Soldiers - Tyndale

Tyndale, Hector, brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., March 24, 1821. He became part owner of his father's well-known china store in 1845, and in the interests of this business traveled much in Europe. He early became a Republican and was on the first local committee of that party. In 1859, though not in sympathy with John Brown's raid, he, out of pure chivalry, accompanied Mrs. Brown on her melancholy errand to Virginia, to bring back the body of her husband after execution, and on this generous mission was threatened, insulted, and once fired upon. Having heard of the newspaper proposals of further and posthumous vengeance, he declined to receive the coffin when handed over to him by the authorities until it was opened and Brown's body identified. At the outbreak of hostilities he hurried home from Europe, became major of the 28th Pa. infantry in June, 1861, lieutenant-colonel in April, 1862, and brigadier-general of volunteers in Nov., 1862. He served under Banks and Pope, took part in many battles, commanded a brigade at Antietam, and though wounded in the hip repelled three attacks, taking 4 guns and 7 flags, and held his post until struck down by another ball. As soon as he was fit for duty he was again in the field, served with the Army of the Potomac from May to Sept., 1863, and then went with Hooker to Tennessee. He rendered important service at Wauhatchie, turning the enemy's flank and carrying an elevation (afterward known as Tyndale's hill) by a charge with the bayonet. He took part in the battles about Chattanooga and the march to Knoxville, but went home on sick-leave in May, 1864, and resigned three months later, being unfit for further service. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers in March, 1865. In 1868 he was narrowly defeated as the Republican nominee in the election for mayor of Philadelphia. In 1872 he became trustee, with Prof. Joseph Henry and Dr. E. L. Youmans, of a fund for the help of Americans studying physics abroad, the same having been given by his famous relative, Prof. John Tyndall of London, from the proceeds of lectures delivered in this country. Gen. Tyndale died in Philadelphia on March 19, 1880.

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

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