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David Hunter

  • Birth 21 Jul 1802 Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
  • Death 2 Feb 1886 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
  • Memorial ID 4845

Civil War Union Major General. He graduated from West Point an officer in the infantry in 1822 and served the Dragoons. In 1842, he was appointed the post of Paymaster of the Army and after the election of Abraham Lincoln to President, he was in charge of the escort of Lincoln to Washington D.C. At the start of the Civil War, he was Colonel in command of the 3rd US Cavalry when promoted Brigadier General of the Department of Washington. In August, 1862, he was promoted Major General commander of the Western Department. He helped organize the first black Union Army regiments which fought in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. He also served as the Assistant Inspector General of the Department of the Gulf and participated in the Valley Campaigns of 1864. After the war, Hunter was the president of the military commission trying the conspirators of Lincoln's assassination and served in the honor guard at the funeral of Abraham Lincoln which accompanied his body back to Springfield. He retired from the Army in July 1866.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Added: 21 Mar 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4845
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for David Hunter (21 Jul 1802–2 Feb 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4845, citing Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .