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E. McK. Hudson

E. McK. Hudson

Federal (USA)

Lieutenant Colonel

Edward McKenney Hudson

(1826 - 1893)

Home State: Connecticut

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1849;Class Rank: 22nd

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: Army of the Potomac

Before Antietam

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.

On the Campaign

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

The rest 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 & notes

Service history from Cullum1. Hudson's Cullum number is 1428. His photograph from one in the MOLLUS Massachusets Collection2.


1826 in CT


07/20/1893; Washington, DC; burial in 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, Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <>, Source page: pg. 4015  [AotW citation 8393]