Edward Hatch was a career American soldier who served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.
Hatch, Edward was born on December 23, 1832 in Bangor, Maine, United States. Son of Nathaniel and Mary (Scott) Hatch.
Attended Norwich (Vermont) U., 2 years.
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. 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 Department of Arizona (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.