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army officer

Charles Smith Hamilton, American army officer. Served in Mexican War, brevetted captain for gallantry; member board regents University of Wisconsin, 1866-1875, president of the board 1869-1875.

Background

Hamilton, Charles Smith was born on November 16, 1822 in Oneida County, New York, United States. Son of Zane A. and Sylvia (Putnam) Hamilton.

Education

Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1843.

Career

Served in Mexican War, brevetted captain for gallantry. Served in Indian Wars, resigned commission, 1853, settled in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. Commissioned colonel, recruited and organized 3d Wisconsin Volunteers, 1861.

Commissioned brigadier general, served under General Banks during Shenandoah campaign, 1861. Commissioned major general on recommendation of General Grant, 1862, transferred to Army of West Virginia, primarily responsible for success of Battle of Corinth. Command of XVI Army Corps and district of Tennessee, in command of left wing of Grant’s Army, 1863.

Resigned his commission in 1863 because he thought his military talents were not duly recognized United States marshal at Milwaukee, 1869. President Hamilton Paper Company, 1878. Member board regents University of Wisconsin, 1866-1875, president of the board 1869-1875.

Membership

Served in Mexican War, brevetted captain for gallantry. Member board regents University of Wisconsin, 1866-1875, president of the board 1869-1875.

Connections

Married Sophia Shepard, February 1849.

father:
Zane A. Hamilton

mother:
Sylvia (Putnam) Hamilton

spouse:
Sophia Shepard