History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/Edward Hatch
EDWARD HATCH was born in the State of Maine in 1832. He removed to Iowa and at the beginning of the Civil War was living at Muscatine where he was engaged in the lumber business. In August, 1861, Mr. Hatch was appointed major in the Second Iowa Cavalry. He rose rapidly to the rank of lieutenant-colonel and in June, 1862, was commissioned colonel of the regiment. He was an excellent cavalry officer and distinguished himself in many brilliant engagements while in command of that famous regiment. He was often in command of a brigade and in the spring of 1864 he was promoted to Brigadier-General. After the close of the war he was appointed colonel in the regular army and placed in command of the Ninth Cavalry. During his entire military career he was engaged in nearly a hundred battles. He served on the western frontier against the Indians up to the time of his death, which occurred from an accident near Fort Robinson, Nebraska, in April, 1889.