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Below is a family biography included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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HAMILTON, GEN. E. B., Attorney at Law; office 57 North 5th; residence, corner of 4th and Hampshire; born in Carthage, Hancock county, Ill., 1838; commenced reading law in 1860. He enlisted in Co. B, 118th Ill. Vol., August, 1862; was promoted to 1st Lieutenant, 1864; was with Sherman at the first attack on Vicksburg, by the Yazoo River, and also at the siege of that city. He was with Gen. McClernand, at Port Hudson, Arkansas Post, New Orleans, and Georgia; returned to Port Hudson; went to Baton Rouge, and was with Gen. Davidson when he made his diversion at Mobile and vicinity in favor of Sherman, when on his celebrated march to the sea; was mustered out at Springfield in 1865; came to Quincy in 1866, where he finished reading law, and was admitted to the bar in 1869. He was prominent in re-organizing the Quincy National Guards in 1873, and was Captain two years, immediately prior to the riots at East St. Louis, where he went in command of the 8th Regt. I. N. G, He was appointed on the staff of Governor with the rank of Brigadier General in 1878. He was Surveyor of Customs eight years, resigning in 1876. He was Republican nominee for State Senator in 1878; married Miss Mary E. Fisk in 1878. She was born in Boston. Members of the Congregational Church; Republican.

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This family biography is one of 1444 biographies included in The History of Adams County, Illinois published by Murray, Williamson & Phelps in 1879.  View the complete description here: The History of Adams County, Illinois

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