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John Hawkins was a career regular who served in the commissary department during the Civil War achieving the rank of brigadier in 1863. Hawkins received four brevets for “gallant and meritorious service” during the war including a pair as major general. Hawkins was promoted to Brigadier General Commissary General in December 1892 and retired in September 1894.
Hawkins, John P., brigadier-general, was born in
Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 29, 1830. He was graduated at West
Point in 1852 and assigned to the infantry, was promoted 1st
lieutenant in 1857, and in 1861 was brigade quartermaster in
the defenses of Washington. He accepted a commission as staff
captain and commissary of subsistence, Aug. 20, 1861, served
in southwest Missouri and west Tennessee 1861-62, was chief
commissary under Grant at the battle of Shiloh, April 6-7,
1862; and on Nov. 1, 1862, he joined the volunteer army as
lieutenant-colonel in the commissary department. in which
capacity he served until April 13, 1863, when he was promoted
brigadier-general of volunteers. He commanded a brigade of
colored troops in northeastern Louisiana from Aug. 17, of that
year until Feb. 7, 1864, was then promoted to command a
division being stationed at Vicksburg from March, 1864, till
Feb., 1865, and after that served in the Mobile campaign,
winning the brevet of major-general in the regular
establishment for gallantry at the siege of Mobile. He was
brevetted major-general of volunteers June 30, 1865, and
honorably mustered out of the volunteer service Feb. 1, 1866.
In the regular service he was brevetted, on March 13, 1865,
lieutenant-colonel, colonel, and brigadier-general, for his
services during the war. He was promoted major in the
commissary department in 1874, lieutenant-colonel and
assistant commissary-general in 1889, colonel and assistant
commissary-general in 1892, brigadier-general and commissary-
general of subsistence Dec. 22, 1892, and was retired by
operation of law Sept. 29, 1894.

Buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, Hamilton County, IN
Section 1, lot 55

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