Civil War Union Brigadier General. A graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he pursued a career in law and was admitted to the Pennsylvania State Bar in 1858. When the Civil War started in 1861 he volunteered for service, and was commissioned Major in the 83rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry on July 29, 1861. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel a few months later, in June 1862 Colonel John W. McLane of the 83rd Pennsylvania was killed at the Battle of Gaines Mill, and Vincent was promoted to fill the vacancy. When the Army of the Potomac was reorganized he was given command of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, V Corps and held that position as the Battle of Gettysburg started in July 1863. On July 2nd he and his men were given the task of holding Little Round Top. As the Confederates attacked, he rallied his men, holding a rider’s crop and shouting "don't give an inch." He was wounded and taken to a field hospital not far from the battlefield where he died on July 7, 1863. He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General, US Volunteers on July 3rd upon the recommendation of Army of the Potomac commander Major General George Gordon Meade, but it is not known if he heard of the promotion before he died. Two months after the General's death his wife gave birth to a baby girl, but she died a year later and is buried next to her father.
Elizabeth H Carter Vincent