Appointed Major of Engineers
& in the early days of the war.
He was placed in charge of the
erection of Batteries at Confed-
erate Point and in the vicinity,
one small Fort on Bald Head being
named Ft Hedrick in his honor.
When the Third Artillery was org-
anized in Dec, 1863 Major Hedrick
was appointed Colonel.
The Regiment took part in
defense of Ft. Fisher in Dec, 64
& Jan 65. On Jan 17 it was ordered
to Ft Anderson. At Ft. Anderson,
Col Hedrick took command. The
Federals attacked the Fort on
January 17 with a heavy force.
In this fight, under Col Hedricks
leadership, great bravery and
heroism were shown: but, finding
the command in danger of being
cut off by a heavy column of
Federal Infantry in the rear,
Colonel Hedrick determined to
evacuate the Fort.
Later, while on the way to meet
the enemy advancing from New Bern,
there was a battle at Jackson's
Mill with great bloodshed and
Colonel Hedrick was severely
wounded while leading his men on
a charge upon the enemy.
He survived and was involved in a
successful Dry Goods business in
Wilmington(Hedrick & Ryan).
Sarah Elizabeth Beery Hedrick
1837–1907 (m. 1852)