December 22, 1832|
|Died||April 11, 1889
Fort Robinson, Nebraska
|Place of burial||Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas|
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Army
|Years of service||1861–1889|
|Rank||Brevet Major General|
|Commands held||2nd Iowa Cavalry
9th U.S. Cavalry
Department of Arizona
|Battles/wars||American Civil War
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.
- historycentral Accessed December 16, 2007
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