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John Parker Hawkins
Brig. Gen. John Parker Hawkins
Born (1830-09-29)September 29, 1830
Died February 7, 1914(1914-02-07) (aged 83)
Place of birth Indianapolis, Indiana
Place of death Indianapolis, Indiana
Place of burial Crown Hill Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1852–1894
Rank Brigadier General
Brevet Major General
Commands held Commissary General
Battles/wars American Civil War
Relations Louisa Hawkins Canby (sister)
Edward Canby (brother-in-law)

John Parker Hawkins (September 29, 1830 – February 7, 1914) was a Union Army brigadier general of volunteers during the American Civil War. In 1866, after being mustered out of the Union Army volunteer force, he was appointed to the brevet grade of major general of volunteers to rank from March 13, 1865.


Hawkins was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of John Hawkins and Elizabeth (née Waller); his elder sister was Louisa Hawkins Canby (who married Maj. Gen. Edward Canby). He graduated from West Point in 1852.

On April 25, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Hawkins brigadier general of volunteers, to rank from April 13, 1863.[1] Because the U.S. Senate returned the nomination to the President on April 1, 1864, President Lincoln renominated Hawkins on April 2, 1864, and the Senate confirmed the appointment on April 18, 1864.[1] Hawkins commanded the 1st Division of US Colored Troops from 1864 to 1865. He distinguished himself in the assault at the Battle of Fort Blakely, April 9, 1865, which resulted in the capture of Mobile, Alabama.

Hawkins was mustered out of the Union Army volunteer service on February 1, 1866.[1] On July 17, 1866, President Andrew Johnson nominated Hawkins for appointment to the brevet grade of major general of volunteers to rank from March 13, 1865, and the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment on July 23, 1866.[2]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3. p. 722
  2. Eicher, 2001, p. 707


Additional source listed by

  • The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume V H Hawkins, Micajah Thomas page 146

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