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Thomas W. Hyde
1841 – 1899 (aged 57–58)
Medal of Honor U.S.Army.jpg
Medal of Honor recipient
Place of birth Florence, Italy
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Rank Brigadier General
Battles/wars American Civil War
*Second Battle of Bull Run
*Battle of Antietam
*Battle of Gettysburg
Awards Medal of Honor
Other work Senator, Mayor, Founder of Bath Iron Works

Thomas W. Hyde (1841-1899) was a Union Army general in the American Civil War, a state senator from Maine, and the founder of Bath Iron Works, one of the major shipyards in the United States.



Born in Florence, Italy, to parents who were natives of Bath, Maine, Hyde graduated from Bowdoin College in 1861 and then from Chicago University.[1] Starting as a major of a company of the Seventh Maine Infantry, Hyde rose through the army ranks, ultimately becoming a brigadier general in 1865. Serving under General John Sedgwick, he was present at several key Civil War battles, including the Second Battle of Bull Run, the Battle of Antietam (for which he was later awarded the Medal of Honor), and the Battle of Gettysburg. He was also present at General Robert E. Lee's 1865 surrender.

Starting in 1873, Hyde served three terms in the Maine Senate, including two as president. He became mayor of Bath in 1878.

In 1884, he founded Bath Iron Works and became general manager of it in 1888. The shipyard has executed more than 425 shipbuilding contracts, including 245 for the U.S. Navy.

Hyde died on November 15, 1899, after a short illness.[1]

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Major, 7th Maine Infantry. Place and date: At Antietam, Md., 17 September 1862. Entered service at: Bath, Maine. Birth: Italy. Date of issue: 8 April 1891.


Led his regiment in an assault on a strong body of the enemy's infantry and kept up the fight until the greater part of his men had been killed or wounded, bringing the remainder safely out of the fight.


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