BUST VIEW OF 79TH PENNSYLVANIA COLONEL HENRY A. HAMBRIGHT

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CDV shows Hambright as a captain wearing a dark single-breasted frock coat with shoulder straps.

Contrast and clarity are excellent with the paper and mount showing only the usual light edge dirt from storage and age.

Reverse has no photographer’s imprint only a modern pencil ID that is confirmed by other known identified images.

Henry Augustus Hambright was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on March 24, 1819. When the Mexican War broke out he was captain of the Jackson Rifles of Lancaster which served with the 2nd Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was present at Cerro Gordo, La Hoya, Contreras, Cherubusco, Molino-del-Ray, Chepultepec, Garita-de-Behen and the taking of Mexico City. While on campaign in Mexico Hambright picked up a stomach aliment that would plague him for the rest of his life. He was discharged on July 12, 1848 and returned to his job as a contractor on Public Works projects and later as an officer of the Pennsylvania Central Railroad.

With the coming of the Civil War Hambright and his Jackson Rifles became Company K of the 1st Pennsylvania Volunteers serving under General Patterson for three months in Western Virginia from April to July of 1861.

Hambright was offered a commission as captain in the 11th US Infantry which he accepted but he then raised a “Lancaster County Regiment” which became the 79th Pennsylvania Infantry and became its colonel. He led the regiment at Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Buzzard’s Roost, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, and Atlanta.

While he led the 79th Hambright continued to pick up Regular Army brevet rank as well. On December 31, 1862 he was made brevet major for services rendered at Murfreesboro. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel by brevet on September 20, 1863 for service at Chickamauga, brevet colonel on September 1, 1864 and brevet brigadier general on June 7, 1865.

After the war he remained in the Regular Army serving in Texas and for a time as commander of Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip, Louisiana, Fort Wallace, Kansas, Camp Supply, Indian Territory, Fort Dodge and Fort Lyon. He retired with the rank of major on May 6, 1879.

Hambright died in Lancaster on February 19, 1893 and is buried there in Lancaster Cemetery.  [ad][ph:L]

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