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T. W. Hyde

T. W. Hyde

Federal (USA)

Major

Thomas Worcester Hyde

(1841 - 1899)

Home State: Maine

Education: Bowdoin College, Chicago U, Class of 1861

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Maine Infantry

 

see his Battle Report

On the Campaign

He led the Regiment at the battle, and in a lonely charge on a Confederate battery late in the day on the 17th. The results of the charge were reasonably successful, but probably not well advised, and devastating to the 7th Maine. Maj Hyde was very unhappy with Brigade commander Col Irwin, who ordered the charge on his own initiative, and who may have been drunk at the time.

Major Hyde received the Medal of Honor for his part in the Battle.

The rest of the War

Soon after, Major Hyde was appointed Acting Inspector General of the Left Grand Division, Army of the Potomac. He was with General Sedgwick at Gettysburg and all the battles following in which the Sixth Corps was engaged. He was promoted to lieutenant-colonel, and remained with the Sixth Corps until his three years expired, at which time he was commissioned colonel of the First Maine Veteran Volunteers. He was present at Sayler's Creek and at the surrender of Lee.

After the War

In 1865 he mustered out of service and went into the iron business in Bath, his native town.

In 1873, Hyde was elected to the state senate, where he served three terms, two of which as president of the body. In 1876 and 1877, he was the mayor of Bath. He was founder and president of Bath Iron Works.

More on the Web

His papers are in a collection at Bowdoin College. The brief bio at Bowdoin was a source for some of the text above.

Birth

1/15/1841 Florence, ITALY

Death

11/14/1899 Old Point Comfort, VA