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H. Tyndale

H. Tyndale

Federal (USV)

Lieutenant Colonel

Hector Tyndale

(1821 - 1880)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Brigade Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 12th Corps

Before Antietam

Known by Hector Tyndale as an adult, he was born George Hector Tyndale, and was an importer and expert in porcelain. In 1860 he was a prosperous 39 year old merchant in Philadelphia. On 29 June 1861 he was commissioned Major of the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry and promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 25 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded the First Brigade of the Second Division of the Twelfth Army Corps but was wounded at Antietam on 17 September 1862 and was replaced in brigade command by Major Orrin J. Crane of the 7th Ohio Infantry.

The rest of the War

In November 1862 he was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers and commanded the 1st Brigade/3rd Division/Eleventh Corps at Wauhatchie. He resigned his commission in August 1864 due to ill health. He was honored by brevet to Major General of Volunteers in March 1865.

After the War

By 1870 he was again a wealthy import merchant in Philadelphia.

References & notes

His basic service and bio information is from Warner1 and Heitman.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 & 1870. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a CDV at the Library of Congress.

He married Julia Nowlen (1823-1897) in August 1842 and they had a daughter Julia (1848-1913).

More on the Web

See a more detailed biographical sketch from Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography online (thanks to member Lee McGinnis for the link).


03/24/1821; Philadelphia, PA


03/19/1880; Philadelphia, PA; burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


1   Warner, Ezra J., Generals in Blue, Lives of the Union Commanders, Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1964, pp. 516-517  [AotW citation 29501]

2   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 977  [AotW citation 29502]