|John Parker Hawkins|
Brig. Gen. John Parker Hawkins
|Born||September 29, 1830|
|Died||February 7, 1914(aged 83)|
|Place of birth||Indianapolis, Indiana|
|Place of death||Indianapolis, Indiana|
|Place of burial||Crown Hill Cemetery|
United States of America|
United States Army|
|Years of service||1852–1894|
Brevet Major General
|Commands held||Commissary General|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
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. 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. 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. 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.
- Eicher, John H., and David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3.
- September 29, 1830 in History at BrainyHistory
- John Parker HAWKINS Who's Who Within the Waller Family
Additional source listed by alleylaw.net:
- The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume V H Hawkins, Micajah Thomas page 146
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