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E. W. Hinks

E. W. Hinks

Federal (USA)


Edward Winslow Hincks

(1830 - 1894)

Home State: Massachusetts

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 19th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

In April 1861 he was commissioned 2nd Lt. in the 2nd US Cavalry, then accepted Lt. Col. of the 8th Massachusetts Infantry. In May he was promoted its Colonel. In August 1861 he was selected Colonel of new 19th Massachusetts, and campaigned with them at Ball's Bluff, on the Peninsula campaign, and at Glendale, where he was wounded. He returned to his Regiment for the Maryland Campaign.

On the Campaign

He was seriously wounded in command his Regiment on September 17th, and command fell to Lieutenant-Colonel Devereux.

The rest of the War

In November 1862 he was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers, and served on court martial and recruiting duty, was a prison camp commander, and commanded the 3rd Division/18th Corps (US Colored Troops) at Petersburg. He then had draft and recruitment duties.

After the War

Continuing in US Army service he was Lt Colonel of the 40th US Infantry in 1866, transferred to the 25th Infantry in March 1869, and retired at the rank of Colonel in December 1870.

References & notes

Source: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903. His last name is sometimes spelled 'Hinks' in contemporary literature.


5/30/1830; Bucksport, ME


02/04/1894; Cambridge, MA; burial in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA