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[ From the New York Evening Post. ]

CAPTAIN LOUIS McLANE HAMILTON.

Captain Hamilton, who was killed in the battle of the Washita, fought between United States cavalry under General Custar, and Indians under Big Kettle, on the 27th of November, 1868, was the youngest officer of his rank in the regular service. He was born in the city of New York on the 21st of July, 1844. He was the eldest son of Philip Hamilton, Esq., of Poughkeepsie, who is the youngest of the surviving sons of the eminent statesman, Alexander Hamilton.

His maternal grandfather was Louis McLane, of Delaware, who was twice minister to England, and was a member of President Jackson's cabinet, as Secretary of the Treasury, and also as Secretary of State.

In the second year of the late Civil War, young Hamilton, then not eighteen years of age, went into the service for three months at Harper's Ferry, as a volunteer private in the Twenty-second New York State militia. On his return to Poughkeepsie he immediately engaged in raising a company of volunteers for the service, and while so employed he received (September 21, 1862,) the commission of second lieutenant in the Third Regular Infantry. In that capacity he commanded a company in the battle of Fredericksburg, in December following. There, where the regulars were fearfully exposed under the most trying circumstances, young Hamilton's calmness, fortitude and bravery were fully tried. He was again in command of a company in the desperate struggles at Chancellorsville, early in May, 1863, when the regulars covered the retreat of the army across the Rappahannock. So conspicuous was his soldierly behaviour on that occasion, that on the day after the passage of the river he was placed on the staff of General Ayres, who commanded the division of regulars. In that capacity he performed excellent service in the battle of Gettysburg, when he was not yet nineteen years of age. He soon afterward received two brevets, on the recommendation of a board of officers, one for “gallant and meritorious conduct” at Chancellorsville, and the other for the same at Gettysburg. In every position in which he acted during the remainder of the war, young Hamilton was distinguished for his ability and faithfulness.

On the reorganization of the army in 1866, Lieutenant Hamilton was appointed captain of the Seventh regiment of regular cavalry, and went with General Custar to the hostile Indian country. He at once took rank as one of the best officers in that arm of the service. During the winter and spring of 1867, he so perfected the discipline of his company that the Inspector-General, in his report, mentioned it as the best at the post. In the ensuing summer he was in active service on the Plains. In June he had his first conflict with the Indians, concerning which General Custar said in his report to General Sherman: “On the 24th ultimo, forty-five Sioux warriors attacked a detachment of twenty-five men of this regiment under Captain Louis M. Hamilton, near the Forks of the Republic. Captain Hamilton's party, after a gallant fight, defeated and drove off the Indians. * * * To Captain Hamilton, as well as to his men, great praise is due for the pluck and determination exhibited by them in this, their first engagement with the Indians.”

Since last August, the service of the Seventh regiment has been particularly severe and perilous. General Sheridan had determined to carry on the campaign against the Indians, with great vigor. General Custar was restored to his command early in November; and under that, his old gallant and energetic commander, Captain Hamilton, full of the chivalric spirit of his profession, addressed himself assiduously to the important business before them. In a letter written to his parents only a week before his death, and received after the sad intelligence had reached them, he said, in describing the new arrangements in the regiment, made by Custar: “He has transferred the horses from squadron to squadron, so as to have them assorted by color. I have got black horses (picked), and he has given me the honor of arming my squadron with Colt's revolvers, and making mine the light squadron.”

Gift Ms. Carroll Greenough Nov. 6, 1942

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Title
... Captain Louis McLane Hamilton. Captain Hamilton, who was killed in the battle of the Washita, fought between United States cavalry under General Custar, and Indian under Big Kettle on the 27th of November, 1868, was the youngest officer of h
Contributor Names
Hamilton, Louis McLane.
Created / Published
1868.
Subject Headings
-  United States
Genre
Leaflets
Notes
-  At head of title From the New York Evening Post.; Gift Mrs. Carroll Greenough 11-6-42.; Rec. R. B. June 25, 1943.
-  Page Order: Leaflet
-  Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML.
-  Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 236, Folder 31b.
Medium
2 p.; 24.5 x 19.5 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
Portfolio 236, Folder 31b
Source Collection
Broadsides, leaflets, and pamphlets from America and Europe
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/rbpe.2360310b
Online Format
online text
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Description
At head of title From the New York Evening Post.; Gift Mrs. Carroll Greenough 11-6-42.; Rec. R. B. June 25, 1943. Page Order: Leaflet Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 236, Folder 31b.

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Hamilton, Louis Mclane. ... Captain Louis McLane Hamilton. Captain Hamilton, who was killed in the battle of the Washita, fought between United States cavalry under General Custar, and Indian under Big Kettle on the 27th of November, was the youngest officer of h. 1868. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/rbpe.2360310b/.

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Hamilton, Louis Mclane. ... Captain Louis McLane Hamilton. Captain Hamilton, who was killed in the battle of the Washita, fought between United States cavalry under General Custar, and Indian under Big Kettle on the 27th of November, was the youngest officer of h. 1868. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/rbpe.2360310b/>.