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H. C. Hoffman

H. C. Hoffman

Federal (USV)


Henry C Hoffman

(1827 - 1883)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 23rd New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He mustered, at age 33, as Captain, Co. K of the 23rd Infantry on 6 May 1861 at Elmira. He was appointed Colonel of the Regiment on 16 May.

On the Campaign

In command of the 23rd New York Infantry, part of the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Division, I Corps. His Brigade advanced along the West side of the Hagerstown Pike early on the 17th in close support of Brigadier General Gibbon's 4th 'Black Hat' Brigade.

The rest of the War

He remained in command of the Regiment through Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. He mustered out of service with the Regiment on 23 May 1863. He was honored by brevet to Brigadier General of Volunteers in March 1865 for his service.

After the War

He held elected office as a member of the NY State Assembly from Chemung County in 1869, 1880, and 1881. He committed apparently premeditated suicide in 1883.

References & notes

Basic service data from Phisterer1, with later life from his NY Times obituary transcribed online by Sue Greenhagen.




08/26/1883; Horseheads, NY


1   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12, Vol. 3, pp. 1994, 1999  [AotW citation 926]