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J.H. Hildreth

J.H. Hildreth

Federal (USV)


James Henry Hildreth

(1825 - 1892)

Home State: New Hampshire

Command Billet: Aide-de-Camp

Branch of Service: Sharpshooters

Unit: 4th Brigade, 1st Division, I Corps

Before Antietam

He owned and operated a hardware and farm implement store in Lebanon, NH from 1856 or earlier, up to the War. He was appointed First Lieutenant, Company F, 2nd US Sharpshooters on 19 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was Aide-de-camp on General John Gibbon's staff on the Maryland Campaign, and was at South Mountain on the 14th and Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was in action at Gettysburg with the General, and resigned his commission in the Sharpshooters on 29 August 1863.

After the War

He moved from New Hampshire to Wilkes-Barre, PA in 1871, and was in business there as Hildreth & Company. He left an estate of greater than $1,000,000 when he died in 1892.

References & notes

Basic service data from the Register1. His presence and role in Maryland from General Gibbon's Official Report. Further details from family genealogists and his death notice in the New York Times of 3 June 1892. His photograph from a CDV sold in June 2005 by Cowen's Auctions.


08/06/1825; Plainfield, NH


06/01/1892; Wilkes-Barre, PA


1   State of New Hampshire, Adjutant-General's Office, and Augustus D. Ayling, AG, Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1866 , 2 Volumes, Concord: Ira C. Evans, Public Printer, 1895, Vol. 2, pg. 979  [AotW citation 10332]