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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1851

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

William H. Morris

(Ap'd at Large)


William Hopkins Morris: Born Apr. 22, 1827, New York, NY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1846, to July 1, 1851, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, July 1, 1851.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus and Ft. Wood, N. Y., 1851; on

(Second Lieut., 2d Infantry, Dec. 3, 1851)

frontier duty at Ft. Yuma, Cal., 1852‑53; and on Recruiting service, 1853‑54.

Resigned, Feb. 28, 1854.

Civil History. — Assistant Editor of the New York "Home Journal," 1854‑61. Inventor of a "Conical Repeating Carbine," 1859.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑64: in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., Aug., 1861, to

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers, Aug. 20, 1861)

Mar., 1862; on the Staff of General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.J. J. Peck, in the Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862, — Battle of Williamsburg, May 5, 1862, — and Battle of Fair Oaks, May 31 to June 1, 1862.

Resigned, Sep. 1, 1862.

Served: in the Defenses of Baltimore, Md., Sep. to Dec., 1862; in

(Colonel, 135th New York Volunteers: 6th Artillery, Sep. 2, 1862)

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862)

 p461  command of Harper's Ferry, Va., and Maryland Heights, Dec., 1862, to June, 1863; in the Pennsylvania Campaign (Army of the Potomac), June to Sep., 1863, being in reserve at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1‑3, 1863, and engaged in the Action of Wapping Heights, July 23, 1863; in the Rapidan Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Oct. to Dec., 1863, being engaged in the Action of Locust Grove, Nov. 29, 1863; in the Richmond Campaign (Army of the Potomac), May, 1864, being engaged in the Battle of the Wilderness, May 5‑6, 1864, — and Action near Spottsylvania, May 9, 1864, where he was wounded; on sick leave of absence, disabled by wounds, May‑June, 1864; and on Courts Martial and Military Commissions, June to Aug., 1864.

Mustered out of Service, Aug. 24, 1864.

Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Battle of the Wilderness, Va.

Civil History. — Author of a System of Infantry Tactics, 1864. Civil Engineer, since 1864. Member of the Constitutional Convention of the State of New York, for Putnam County, 1866. Chief of Ordnance of the State of New York, with the rank of Brigadier-General, Jan. 1, 1869, to Oct. 26, 1870; and Inspector-General, Jan. 1, 1873, to Dec. 31, 1874. Inventor of "Automatic Ejecting Revolver," 1877. Residence, Fordham, N. Y.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

(William Hopkins Morris)

Civil History. — Member of Military Order Loyal Legion United States, New York State Commandery, and of Commandery-in‑Chief. — Member of George Washington Post 103, G. A. R. — Son of Geo. P. Morris, journalist and poet.

Died Aug. 26, 1900, at Long Branch, N. J.: Aged 63.

Buried, Cold Spring Cemetery, Cold Spring, NY.

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