(1828 - 1907)
Home State: Maine
Branch of Service: Infantry
A mariner from Orrington, ME, he enlisted as Commissary Sergeant, 19th Massachusetts Infantry on 3 August 1861. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Company B, on 27 October, and promoted to First Lieutenant on 20 June 1862. He transferred to Company E, date not given.
On the Campaign
He was wounded, bruised in the chest, in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was again wounded, in the right arm in action at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862, where he commanded Company B as "special duty". He was commissioned Captain of that Company on 27 February 1863. Later that year he was detached as Aide de Camp to his brother, Edward W. Hincks, who was by then Brigadier General. He was wounded for the third time, in the leg and shoulder at Cold Harbor, VA on 3 June 1864 and discharged for wounds on 7 October 1864. He was honored by brevets to Major, Lieutenant Colonel, and Colonel on 13 March 1865.
References & notes
Service information from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1 and the History,2 which has him as Elisha A. Hinks. His photograph from one in the US Army Heritage and Education Center, MOLLUS Collection, posted online by John Banks. His gravesite is on Findagrave. According to family genealogists, he was born with the last name Hincks, changed it to Hinks during the War, then, in 1871, back to Hincks.
05/27/1828; Bucksport, ME
11/16/1907; Orrington, ME; burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Bangor, ME
1 Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pg. 412 [AotW citation 17727]
2 Waitt, Ernest Linden (compiler), History of the Nineteenth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1865, Salem (MA): The Salem Press Co., 1906, pp. 50, 144, 151, 163, 187, 201, 324 [AotW citation 17728]