(1838 - 1908)
Home State: North Carolina
Education: South Carolina Military Academy
Command Billet: acting Regimental Adjutant
Branch of Service: Infantry
From Charleston SC and a Citadel graduate, he went to Hillsboro, NC in 1859 and was an instructor at the Military Academy there at the start of the war. He was commissioned Major of the 13th North Carolina Infantry on 26 May 1861 and served with them in the Norfolk, Va area until he was discharged on 26 April 1862, after he failed reelection as Major. After recovering from typhoid fever in the Summer of 1862 he served on General Roswell S. Ripley's staff as acting Assistant Adjutant General.
On the Campaign
During the Campaign "on account of a misunderstanding with his chief" he resigned from the General's staff and joined the First South Carolina Infantry, commanded by his father, as acting Adjutant. He was wounded in the fight at Boteler's Ford near Shepherdstown, VA on 20 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was disabled for field duty and was appointed Provost-Marshal at Columbia, SC. He was captured during Sherman's 1865 Carolina Campaign at Catawba Bridge, SC.
After the War
He lived for three years in Florida then returned to Hillsboro. He studied the law and was admitted to the bar, but did not practice. He ran a private school and was superintendent of the Hillsboro Military Academy. By 1899 he was a clerk of the Superior Court.
References & notes
His service from Manarin1 and a sketch by D.H. Hill in the Confederate Military History.2 His wounding at Shepherdstown is from his father's Report. Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a CDV in the Heyward Album, now at the University of South Carolina.
He married Frances Gray Roulhac (1839-1897) in 1859 and they had 4 children, including D H Hamilton, III (1872-1941).
More on the Web
See the cover of a letter he sent his wife in 1861, online from the CSA Postal History site. Griff has posted a transcription of that letter in his excellent Spared & Shared series.
Hamilton Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is named for his son Joseph Gregoire de Roulhac Hamilton (1878-1961), who founded the massive Southern Historical Collection there.
03/19/1838; Charleston, SC
09/18/1908; Hillsborough, NC; burial in Saint Matthews Episcopal Church Cemetery, Hillsborough, NC
1 Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth Tyree Jordan, Matthew M Brown, Michael W Coffey, North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865 : A Roster, 20 Volumes +, Raleigh: North Carolina State Department of Archives and History, 1966- [AotW citation 24089]
2 Evans, Clement Anselm, editor, Confederate Military History, 12 Volumes, Atlanta: The Confederate Publishing Company, 1899, Vol. IV, pp. 526-527 [AotW citation 24090]