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E. McK. Hudson
E. McK. Hudson

Federal (USA)

Lieutenant Colonel

Edward McKenney Hudson

(1826 - 1893)
Home State: Connecticut
Branch of Service: Staff
Unit: Army of the Potomac


Before the Antietam Campaign:
After graduating from West Point he was commissioned in the 3rd US Artillery, and saw action against the Seminoles in Florida. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th US Artillery on 12 September 1850. He had duty in New York, North Carolina, and Kansas. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 30 April 1855 and continued in frontier and garrison service - including in quelling violence in Kansas in 1857, and in command of a relief detachment to Ft. Sumter aboard the steamer Baltic in April 1861. He was promoted Captain in the 14th US Infantry in May 1861, and assigned as ADC to General McClellan in August 1861. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel, Staff, and Additional Aide-de-Camp on 28 September 1861.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was aide-de-camp on General McClellan's staff on the Maryland Campaign.

The remainder of the War:
He was "between appointments" from November 1862 to August 1863, when he returned to his Regiment, and commanded it's First Battalion. He was in action at Mine Run and at the Wilderness in May 1864 - where he was wounded. He had staff and garrison posts in Missouri and New York to the end of the War. He was brevetted Major 1 August 1864 for gallant service in the battle of the Wilderness and the "campaign before Richmond". He was honored again by brevet to Lieutenant Colonel on 13 March 1865 for "gallant and meritorious service during the war".

After the War:
He was promoted to Major of the 15th US Infantry in November 1865, and served on garrison and staff duty at various posts in Alabama through 1869. He retired from active duty 15 December 1870, "for disability contracted in the Line of Duty".

References, Sources, and other notes:
Service history from Cullum1. Hudson's Cullum number is 1428. His photograph from one in the MOLLUS Massachusets Collection2.

Birth State: CT    
College: US Military Academy, West Point, NY    Graduating Year: 1849    Class Rank: 22nd
Death Date: 07/20/1893    Death Place: Washington, DC    Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA


1   Cullum, George Washington, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the US Military Academy, 2nd Edition, 3 vols., New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1868-79, Vol. 2, pp. 387-88  [AotW citation 8392]

2   US Army, Military History Institute (USAMHI), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <http://cdm16635.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/search/collection/p16635coll12/>, Source page: pg. 4015  [AotW citation 8393]

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