Oliver P. Hopkinson(1812 - 1905)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Delaware Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
Born into a prominent and historic Philadelphia family, he entered the University of Pennsylvania (as had his father and grandfather before him) in 1828, graduating in 1832. He briefly studied Law, served as a civil engineer for 2 years in Pennsylvania and Virginia, and returned to Philadelphia and the law. In 1837 he passed the bar and worked for the District Attorney. He obtained military experience in the mid-1840s as a member of two local militia companies--the National Grays and the Cadwalader Grays.
As the First Delaware was being reorganized from a three-month to three-year unit in October 1861, Hopkinson was elected Lieutenant Colonel. He was with the regiment as they were posted to Fort Monroe and Suffolk, Virginia until the Brigade got orders for Maryland on 6 September 1862.
|Birth Date: 07/24/1812 Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA |
College: University of Pennsylvania Graduating Year: 1832
Death Date: 03/10/1905 Death Place: Philadelphia, PA
1 General Alumni Society, Alumni Register of the University of Pennsylvania, Vol. 5 (1900-01), Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1901, V. 5, No. 7 (April 1901), pg. 207 [AotW citation 734]
2 Seville, William P., History of the First Regiment, Delaware Volunteers, Wilmington: Historical Society of Delaware, 1884, pg. 27 [AotW citation 735]
3 Walker, Francis Amasa, History of the Second Army Corps in the Army of the Potomac, New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1886, pg. 199 [AotW citation 736]
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