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Hunter, David Maj. Gen.

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Born: 1802 AD
Died: 1886 AD, at 83 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: General

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1802 - Born in the 21st of July in Washington, D.C.

 

1822 - He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

 

1846-1848 - He served in the Mexican War.

 

1862 - While in command of Federal troops along the South Atlantic coast, he proclaimed the freedom of slaves in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina; Lincoln, determined to maintain his executive prerogatives, revoked the order. He organized the Union Army's first African American regiment and was soon described by the Confederacy as a felon to be executed if captured.

 

1864 - He took command in West Virginia but was defeated by General Jubal Early at Lynchburg, Va. on the 18th of June and resigned his command on the 8th August. He served as chairman of the commission that tried the war conspirators.

 

1886 - Died on the 2nd of February in Washington.

 

Mr. Hunter was bodyguard to President Lincoln for a while and cried hard for his beloved president as he guarded the presidents body in state. The photo of an elderly man guarding the body is this man, David Hunter.


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