Hiram Gregory Berry

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Hiram Gregory Berry
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Hiram Gregory Berry
Born (1824-08-27)August 27, 1824
Rockland, (then a part of Thomaston, Maine)
Died May 2, 1863(1863-05-02) (aged 38)
Chancellorsville, Virginia
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1863
Rank Union army maj gen rank insignia.jpg Major General
Commands held Maine 4th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War

Hiram Gregory Berry (August 27, 1824 – May 2, 1863) was an American politician and general in the Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War.

Birth and early years[edit]

Hiram G. Berry was born in Rockland.

Career[edit]

He worked as a carpenter and a navigator.

He served several terms in the State Legislature and subsequently became the mayor of Rockland.

He originated and commanded the "Rockland Guard," a volunteer militia company, which held a reputation for drill and discipline.

At the beginning of the Civil War, he went to Augusta and offered his services to the Governor and was given orders to recruit a regiment.".[1] He participated in the First Battle of Manassas under the command of O.O. Howard. For his gallant service at Bull Run he was promoted to brigadier general in March 1862.

Berry was reassigned to the command of the 3rd Brigade of Hamilton's Division (later Kearny's), 3rd Corps. The 3rd Brigade consisted of four regiments: the 2nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment; 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 5th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment and the 37th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Berry's decisive action at the Battle of Williamsburg benefited General Hooker. His brigade fought in the Battle of Seven Pines. Berry was then promoted to Major-General on November 29, 1862.

Berry was placed in command of the 2nd Division of the III Corps, succeeding Major General Daniel Sickles, who had ascended to corps command.

Berry was killed by a sharpshooter's round at 7:26AM on May 3, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gould, Edward (1899). Major-General Hiram G. Berry. Rockland, Maine: Press of the Courier-Gazette. p. 33. 

References[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead. 
PD-icon.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1891). "article name needed". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.