Edward Hatch

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Edward Hatch
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Edward Hatch
Born (1832-12-22)December 22, 1832
Bangor, Maine
Died April 11, 1889(1889-04-11) (aged 56)
Fort Robinson, Nebraska
Place of burial Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861–1889
Rank Union Army major general rank insignia.svg Brevet Major General
Commands held 2nd Iowa Cavalry
9th U.S. Cavalry
Department of Arizona
Battles/wars American Civil War
Indian Wars

Edward Hatch (December 22, 1832 – April 11, 1889) was a career American soldier who served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. After the war he became the first commander of the 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, a Buffalo soldier regiment with African-American troops commanded by white officers.


Hatch was born in Bangor, Maine, and educated at the Norwich Military Academy in Vermont. He volunteered for service as a private in the Union Army at the outbreak of the Civil War. He assisted in raising the 2nd Iowa Cavalry, of which he became colonel in June 1862. He served under General Ulysses S. Grant in the South. After commanding the entire cavalry division in the Army of the Tennessee, he was made brigadier general in early 1864. His gallantry in the field caused his further promotion to the rank of brevet major general later in 1864.

After the war, he transferred from the volunteer to the Regular Army as colonel of the 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (1866). He succeeded General Gordon Granger as commander of the District of New Mexico (which included New Mexico Territory) in 1876, negotiated a treaty with the Ute Indians in 1880, and became widely known as an Indian fighter.

He died in Fort Robinson, Nebraska April 11, 1889 and is buried in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.[1]

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