Orson R Hopkins


BirthApril 12, 1842
DeathApril 21, 1932
CemeteryOrleans (Orleans)
PostWhitehead (Orleans)
Unit8th New York Cavalry, Company F

Commissary Sergeant Orson R. Hopkins

Company F, 8th New York Cavalry

Hopkins was born in New York State on April 12, 1842. He enlisted as a private on December 30, 1863 at Guilford, New York. He was mustered in on January 4, 1864 and served nearly 18 months. He was mustered out on June 27, 1865 at Alexandria, Virginia. Hopkins was promoted to commissary sergeant on June 13, 1865.

The 8th New York Cavalry was organized and mustered at Rochester, New York on November 23, 1861. During his enlistment, the regiment was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864).

Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864).

General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign (VA) August 7-November 28, 1864).

Appomattox Campaign (VA) (March 28-April 9, 1865).

At Appomattox Court House when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia (VA) (April 9, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 23, 1865).

Hopkins died on April 21, 1932 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Orleans Cemetery in Orleans (Harlan County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Whitehead Post (#114) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Orleans. In addition, he was a member of the Kinsman Post (#140) of the GAR in St Edward, Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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