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Lewis Cass Hunt (February 23, 1824 - September 6, 1886) was a United States Army officer who served as a general in the American Civil War.

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Lewis Cass Hunt
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Born 23 February, 1824
Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died 6 September, 1886
Fort Union, New Mexico Territory
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Brigadier General
Unit 4th U.S. Infantry Regiment
20th U.S. Infantry Regiment
Commands held 92nd New York Infantry Regiment
14th U.S. Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars Pig War
American Civil War

Early life

Hunt was born on 23 February, 1824 at Fort Howard in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He was the son of Samuel Wellington Hunt, his brother being fellow general Henry Jackson Hunt. He entered the United States Military Academy in 1843 and graduated in 1847, ranking 33rd out of 38. Serving in the 4th U.S. Infantry Regiment; after being promoted to captain Hunt served as the commander of the U.S. force on San Juan Island in 1859. Hunt was relieved from duty on San Juan Island in April 1860 by George Pickett.

Civil War

When the civil war began Hunt accepted a commission in the United States Volunteers and became Colonel of the 92nd New York Infantry Regiment. With his regiment he participated in the Peninsula Campaign in 1862 and was wounded during the Battle of Seven Pines. While recovering in North Carolina, on 29 November, 1862, he was made a Brigadier General in the volunteers. In this position he served in the attack against Kingston. Hunt received a brevet promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in the regular army for his actions at Kingston. He then led various brigades of the XVIII Corps down in the Carolinas, became Major of the 14th U.S. Infantry Regiment and in mid-1863 transferred back north. He commanded a draft depot in Connecticut until early 1864 and then served in New York for the rest of the war. Hunt received the rank of Brevet Brigadier General in the Regular Army for meritorious service during the war with rank from 13 March, 1865 and was then mustered out on 1 September, 1865.

Later life

After the Civil War, Hunt served at multiple military installations including Fort Wayne and Fort Totten. During this period he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the army as well as Colonel in the 14th Infantry in 1881. Due to a history of dysentery, Hunt was sent to Fort Union in August, 1886 for health problems. He died there on 6 September, 1886 of dysentery. He is buried at the National Cemetery in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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