Hiram Dryer(1822 - 1867)
Home State: New York
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 4th United States Infantry
see his Battle Report
Before the Antietam Campaign:
He enlisted as Private, then was Sergeant, and finally First Sergeant, in Company H, US Mounted Rifles, from 31 October 1846 - 24 July 1848. He was slightly wounded in combat at Chapultepec (13-14 Sept 1847) during the war with Mexico. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, USA, on 31 July 1848, and promoted to 1st Lieutenant 29 September 1853.1
At the outset of the War he was made Captain (14 May 1861), Company H.
In the Antietam Campaign:
Regimental historian (then) Colonel Thomas M. Anderson later said ...
"In the great battle of September 17th, the Regular Division was held in reserve and in support of the reserve artillery until about two o'clock in the afternoon, when Capt. Hiram Dryer was ordered to cross the Antietam creek with the 2d and 10th, the 4th, 12th and 14th Infantry."
The remainder of the War:
He was cited by brevet in Civil War service: to Major 13 December 1862 for the battle of Fredericksburg, Va, and Lt Col 3 May 1863 for the battle of Chancellorsville, Va.
He was appointed Major, 13th US Infantry on 2 February 1865. 1
After the War:
He continued in Federal service, being transferred to the 22nd US Infantry 21 Sept 1866.1 He was in command of Fort Randall, Dakota Territory until shortly before his death there in March 1867.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Image above courtesy Tim Reese, from the MOLLUS Collection, US Army Military History Institute (USAMHI).
More on the Web:
See also: a list of casualties in Mexico (1847-8) of the Rifles, including then-Sgt Dryer, from the descendents of Mexican War vets.
|Birth Date: 05/29/1822 Place of Birth: Allegheny, NY |
Death Date: 3/5/1867 Death Place: Fort Randall, South Dakota
1 Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, p. 384 [AotW citation 8]
2 Anderson, Thomas M. (Col. 14th Inf), and Theo F Rodenbough and William L. Haskin, eds., Fourteenth Regiment Of Infantry, from Historical Sketches Of Staff And Line, New York City: Maynard, Merrill, & Co., 1896, pp. 586-609 [AotW citation 9]
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