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Thomas W. Hyde, Bath, ca. 1876

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Thomas Worcester Hyde (1841-1899) graduated from Bowdoin College in 1861, served three terms in the Maine Senate beginning in 1873, and was its president in 1876.

He also served as Mayor of Bath in 1876 and 1877, was President of Bath Iron Works and manufacturer of the famous Hyde Windlass.

Hyde also was a Civil War officer, commanding the Seventh Maine Infantry in the battles of Second Bull Run, Crampton’s Gap and Antietam. In the latter battle all but sixty-five men and three officers were casualties.

At Antietam, Hyde had three horses shot out from under him.

He was appointed Acting Inspector General of the Left Division, Army of the Potomac and later as an aide-de-camp to the Commander of the Sixth Corps, General Sedgwick.

He was mustered out after four years of service in 1865 as a brevet Brigadier General at the age of twenty-four.

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