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Hiram Gregory Berry
August 27, 1824(1824-08-27) – May 2, 1863 (aged 38)
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Hiram Gregory Berry
Place of birth Rockland, (then a part of Thomaston, Maine)
Place of death Chancellorsville, Virginia
Allegiance United States of America
Union
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1863
Rank Major General
Battles/wars American Civil War

Hiram Gregory Berry (August 27, 1824 – May 2, 1863) was an American politician and soldier, best known for his service as a general in the Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War.

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Birth and early years

Hiram G. Berry was born in Rockland, (then a part of Thomaston, Maine). He learned the carpenter's trade and afterward engaged in navigation. He served several terms in the State Legislature and was subsequently the mayor of Rockland. He originated and commanded for several years the "Rockland Guard," a volunteer militia company, which attained a high reputation for drill and discipline.

Civil War service

At the beginning of the Civil War, he joined the Union Army as colonel of the 4th Maine Infantry. He participated in the First Battle of Bull Run, but missed the Second Battle of Bull Run while recovering from malaria contracted during the Peninsula Campaign. He was promoted to brigadier general in the fall of 1862, and in November of the same year became a major general.

Berry was placed in command of the 2nd Division of the III Corps, succeeding Major General Daniel Sickles, who had ascended to corps command. Berry was killed while leading a bayonet charge on the second day of the Battle of Chancellorsville.

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References

This article incorporates text from an edition of the New International Encyclopedia that is in the public domain.
This article incorporates text from the public domain Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography.
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