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Wickham Hoffman

army officer , diplomat

Wickham Hoffman, American army officer, diplomat.


Hoffman, Wickham was born on April 2, 1821 in New York City. Son of David Murray and Frances (Burrall) Hoffman.


Graduated from Harvard, 1841.


Admitted to New York bar, practiced law until Civil War. Aide-de-camp to Governor Edwin Morgan, also inspector of New York troops at Fortress Monroe, 1861. Commissioned assistant adjutant general United States Volunteers, 1862, assigned to staff of Brig.

General Thomas Williams in expedition at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ordered to General World Trade Sherman’s staff as assistant adjutant general, 1862-1863. With Major General W. B. Franklin in Red River Campaign, 1863.

On Major General Quincy Gillmore’s staff in Virginia. Assistant adjutant general of E. Virginia and North Carolina district. Ordered to New Orleans as adjutant general and chief of staff to Major General Edward Canby, 1865.

Commissioned colonel United States Volunteers for meritorious service in war, 1865. Assistant secretary United States legation in Paris, France, 1866, 1st secretary of legation, 1867-1874. Secretary legation, London, England., 1874-1877, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1877-1883.

United States minister to Denmark, 1883-1885. Author: Camp, Court, and Siege, 1877. Leisure Hours in Russia, 1883.


  • Author: Camp, Court, and Siege, 1877. Leisure Hours in Russia, 1883.


Married Elizabeth Baylies, May 14, 1844.

David Murray Hoffman

Frances (Burrall) Hoffman

Elizabeth Baylies