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S.S. Hamrick

S.S. Hamrick

Federal (USV)


Simpson Solomon Hamrick

(c. 1832 - 1863)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

A 29 year old farmer in Greencastle, he enlisted as Sergeant, Company A, and mustered as Commissary Sergeant, 27th Indiana Infantry on 12 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He had charge of the ammunition wagon and was on the field all day. He later observed of the action there:

There were many "narrow escapes." Nearly all the boys [of the 27th] carry marks in their clothes or person of the thickness of the bullets.

The rest of the War

He was commissioned First Lieutenant of Company A on 17 November 1862. He was killed in action at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863.

References & notes

Service from Brown,1 source also of his picture, and the Historical Data Systems database. His role at Antietam and the quote above - from a letter to his father dated 30 September 1862, now in the R.O. West Library, Depauw University - from Jones.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1832


05/03/1863 Chancellorsville, VA; burial in Fredericksburg National Cemetery, Fredericksburg, VA


1   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pp. 340, 563, 566  [AotW citation 18815]

2   Jones, Wilbur D., Jr., Giants in the Cornfield: the 27th Indiana Infantry, Shippenburg (Pa.): White Mane Publishers, 1997, pp. 5, 16, 17  [AotW citation 18816]