Stephen Hinsdale Weed(1831 - 1863)
Home State: New York
Command Billet: Battery Commander
Branch of Service: Artillery
Unit: 5th United States Artillery, Battery I
see his Battle Report
Before the Antietam Campaign:
After graduating from West Point, he was appointed Brevet 2nd Lt, 2nd US Artillery, 1 July 1854 and 2nd Lt (perm) in the 4th US Artillery 18 Dec 1854;
Promoted to 1st Lt 16 Nov 1856;
Appointed Captain, 5th US Artillery, 14 May 1861;
Appointed Brig Gen of Volunteers 6 June 1863;
Killed 2 July 1863 at the battle of Gettysburg Pa.
After frontier duty in Texas 1854-55, and service against the Seminoles in 1856-'7, he was engaged in quelling the Kansas disturbances in 1858, and then on the Utah expedition, participating in skirmishes with hostile Indians at Egan Station, 11 August, 1860, and Deep Creek on 6 September.
The remainder of the War:
From 3 December, 1862, till 23 January, 1863, he was chief of the artillery corps at Falmouth, Virginia. After a short leave of absence he took part in the battle of Chancellorsville, and on 6 June, 1863, was made brigadier-general of volunteers for gallant conduct there. After 10 May, 1863, he commanded an artillery brigade in the 5th army corps.
At Gettysburg, while holding the position on Little Round Top, he was mortally wounded, exclaiming as he fell: "I would rather die here than that the rebels should gain an inch of this ground." The point was essentially important to retain, and it is historically marked as " Weed's Hill."
References, Sources, and other notes:
Sources: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903; and
Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. Six volumes, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889
More on the Web:
See also a CDV (carte de visite) of him, and a brief online discussion of the events surrounding his death at Gettysburg.
|Birth Date: 11/17/1831 Place of Birth: Potsdam, NY |
College: US Military Academy, West Point, NY Graduating Year: 1854
Death Date: 7/2/1863 Death Place: Gettysburg, PA
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