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Joseph Eldridge Hamblin
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Born: 1828
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Died: 1870 (aged 41–42)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Rank: Brevet Major General
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Joseph Eldridge Hamblin (1828 – 1870) was an American general during the Civil War, who led a regiment and then a brigade in the Army of the Potomac.


Hamblin was born at Yarmouth, Massachusetts. He was an insurance broker at the outbreak of the war. Long a member of the 7th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, then the 7th Regiment of the New York militia, he enlisted in 1861 as adjutant in Duryea's Zouaves and served in Northern Virginia under Butler, McClellan, Meade, and Grant, and Sheridan in the Sixty-fifth New York.

When Colonel Alexander Shaler became a general, Hamblin became regimental colonel in his place. He especially distinguished himself at Cedar Creek, where he was wounded while leading a brigade of VI Corps. Hamblin was brevetted as a brigadier general and in 1865 promoted to full rank, with the brevet of major general for gallantry at Sailor's Creek.

After the war he was prominent in the New York National Guard and resumed work in the insurance business.

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  • Boatner, Mark Mayo, The Civil War Dictionary, New York: David McKy Company, 1988. ISBn 0-8129-1726-X