Hiram Gregory Berry

Hiram Gregory Berry (August 27, 1824 – May 3, 1863) was an American politician and general in the Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War.

Hiram Gregory Berry
Hiram Gregory Berry
Born(1824-08-27)August 27, 1824
East Thomaston (now Rockland), Maine
DiedMay 3, 1863(1863-05-03) (aged 38)
Chancellorsville, Virginia
Place of burial
Achorn Cemetery, Rockland, Maine
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Union Army
Years of service1861–1863
RankUnion Army major general rank insignia.svg Major General
Commands held4th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Birth and early yearsEdit

Hiram G. Berry was born in Rockland, Maine, where he worked as a carpenter and a navigator. He served several terms in the State Legislature and subsequently became the mayor of Rockland. He also originated and commanded the "Rockland Guard," a volunteer militia company, which held a reputation for drill and discipline.

Civil War serviceEdit

At the beginning of the Civil War, he went to Augusta and offered his services to the Governor and was given orders to recruit a regiment.".[1] He participated in the First Battle of Manassas under the command of O.O. Howard. For his gallant service at Bull Run he was promoted to brigadier general in March 1862.

Berry was reassigned to the command of the 3rd Brigade of Hamilton's Division (later Kearny's), 3rd Corps. The 3rd Brigade consisted of four regiments: the 2nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment; 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 5th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment and the 37th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Berry's decisive action at the Battle of Williamsburg benefited General Hooker. His brigade fought in the Battle of Seven Pines. Berry was then promoted to Major-General on November 29, 1862.

Berry was placed in command of the 2nd Division of the III Corps, succeeding Major General Daniel Sickles, who had ascended to corps command.

Berry was killed by a sharpshooter's round at 7:26AM on May 3, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Gould, Edward (1899). Major-General Hiram G. Berry. Rockland, Maine: Press of the Courier-Gazette. pp. 33.