Son of Nathaniel Hunter.
On April 7, 1828, while a Midshipman in the U.S. Navy, he and three other Midshipman proceeded down a river near Norfolk, VA to practice seamanship. The sailboat took on water and capsized. Midshipman Bushrod was picked up by a passing schooner and barely survived. The three men who drowned were: Frederick Rodgers (son of Commodore John Rodgers), William J. Slidell (nephew of Commodore Matthew Perry, hero of Great Lakes battles in War of 1812) and Robert M. Harrison.
U.S.N. Lieutenant and later Major in the Confederate States Army.
When Alexandria was occupied by Union forces in the beginning of the Civil War, an Insurrectionary Tax was levied on Southern sympathizers. Major Hunter was serving in the war and couldn't return to pay the tax in person, lest he be captured; he lost almost 1000 acres ("Abingdon Plantation", now within Reagan National Airport) when the Federal Govt. seized his property for non-payment in person.
Residence Alexandria, VA.
Commissioned 2/17/1862 as a Major of Heavy Artillery, C.S.A. Gen & Staff, reporting to General Huger; appointment confirmed 10/4/1862.
Resigned 3/1/1865 due to "extreme deafness".
Bio by: BigFrench