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    General William Hopkins Morris by Matthew Brady - Inventory Number: CDV 355

    General William Morris by Matthew Brady.  Backmark: Brady Washington.  

    William Hopkins Morris

    Enlisted on 8/20/1861 as a Captain at 35 years old.

    On 8/20/1861 he was commissioned into

    US Volunteers Adjutant Genl Dept

    He Resigned on 9/2/1862

    On 9/3/1862 he was commissioned into Field & Staff NY 6th Heavy Artillery

    He was discharged for promotion on 4/2/1863 at Harper's Ferry, WV

    On 4/2/1863 he was commissioned into

    US Volunteers General Staff

    He was Mustered Out on 8/24/1865

    Promotions:

    * Capt 8/20/1861 (Captain & Asst Adjutant General)

    * Colonel 8/29/1862 (As of 6th NY HA)

    * Brig-General 4/2/1863

    * Major-Gen 3/13/1865 by Brevet

    Other Information:

    Born 4/22/1827 in New York City, NY

    Died 8/26/1900 in Long Branch, NJ

      Morris, William H., brigadier-general, was born in New York city, April 22, 1826.  He was graduated at the United States military academy in I86I, served three years in the army but resigned his commission Feb. 28, 1854, and from that time until I86I was assistant editor of the New York "Home Journal."  On Aug. 20, I86I, he joined the volunteer army as captain and assistant adjutant-general, served in the defenses of Washington and with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular campaign, taking part in the battles of Yorktown, Williamsburg and Fair Oaks.  He resigned his staff position, Sept. 1, 1862, and the next day became colonel of the 6th N. Y. artillery.  He was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862; took part in the defense of Maryland heights and Harper's Ferry in that year and at Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, he commanded the 6th artillery held in reserve.  He subsequently took part in the action at Wapping heights, and the Rapidan campaign, where he commanded the 1st brigade, 3d division, 6th army corps and he also took part in the action at Locust Grove, Nov. 29, 1863.  He participated in the battles of the Wilderness and in the action near Spottsylvania, where he commanded the 6th army corps part of the time and was severely wounded.  He was on sick leave in May and June, 1864, then served on courts-martial, and on Aug. 24, 1865, was mustered out of the service.  He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, March I3, 1865, for gallant and meritorious services in the battle of the Wilderness.  After the war Gen. Morris retired to his estate in Putnam county, N. Y.  He was a member of the state constitutional convention in 1869. He was the author of works on military tactics and the inventor of a conical repeating carbine.  Gen. Morris died at Long Branch, N. J. Aug. 26, 1900.


    Inventory Number: CDV 355