Memoranda Concerning Some Branches of the Hawkins Family and Connections (First Edition). Author: Hawkins, General John Parker; [Indiana]; Title: Memoranda Concerning Some Branches of the Hawkins Family and Connections (First Edition) Publication: Indianapolis: Privately Printed by the Author, 1913.(Indianapolis: Privately Printed by the Author, 1913). Original cloth, lettered in gilt. 9 1/4" x 6 1/4". Hinges cracked else tight binding; clean pages; some wear. To Fort Kearney in 1852, Fort Ridgeley, Minnesota, Fort Pierre in 1857, Civil War service, Nebraska after. War, California in 1888, etc. Nebraska, with much on General Canby.
Parker was promoted to captain on August 3, 1861, and was posted to Missouri to serve as a Commissary of Subsistence. He was sent to western Tennessee in 1862, and was promoted to lieutenant colonel on November 1 that year. The following month he became the Commissary General for Gen. Grant´s Army of the Tennessee.On April 25, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Hawkins Brigadier General in the U. Volunteers, with effect from April 13, 1863. The following day Lincoln renominated Hawkins and the Senate subsequently confirmed the appointment on April 18, 1864.
Hawkins was assigned to command a brigade of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and the District of Northeastern Louisiana. In April 1864 he assumed command of the 1st Division of the USCT.He and his division distinguished themselves in the assault at the Battle of Fort Blakely on April 9, 1865, which resulted in the capture of Mobile, Alabama. Hawkins was mustered out of the Union Army volunteer service on February 1, 1866. In the wave of the mass promotions at the end of the war Hawkins was promoted to the brevet grade of major general in both the U. Volunteers and the regular army.
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