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"William Hopkins Morris (April 22, 1827 – August 26, 1900) was an American soldier, an officer in the United States Army, author, editor, and inventor. He served as a brigadier general of volunteers in the Union Army during the American Civil War.  In August, 1861, Morris re-enlisted in the Army as a captain of volunteers. He served on the staff of Brigadier General John J. Peck as Assistant Adjutant General of Peck's brigade during the Peninsula Campaign and from June 24, 1862, to September 1, 1862, as assistant adjutant general of Division 2, IV Corps, Army of the Potomac, after Peck was appointed commander of the division.[1] Morris participated in the Siege of Yorktown, Battle of Williamsburg and Battle of Fair Oaks.[2]On September 1, 1861, Morris resigned his commission in the volunteers and the following day was commissioned colonel of the 135th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which was redesignated the 6th New York Heavy Artillery Regiment in October.[5] Colonel Morris's regiment served in the Middle Department in the defense of Baltimore. On March 16, 1863, Morris was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers to rank from November 29, 1862, and served in the Middle Department from December 1862 until June 1863. During the Battle of Gettysburg, Morris's brigade was in reserve. When Major General William H. French took over command of the battered III Corps, Morris's brigade was transferred to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, III Corps, Army of the Potomac on July 10, 1863. The 3rd Division participated in the pursuit of Lee's army after the Battle of Gettysburg, with Morris's brigade in action during the Battle of Manassas Gap on July 23, 1863. Morris served in the Bristoe Campaign from October to December 1863, and fought in the Battle of Mine Run in November 1863.[2]In 1864 he fought in the Battle of the Wilderness. During the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, on the morning of May 9, 1864, he rode on horseback to inspect his brigade and was shot and wounded in the right knee by a sharpshooter.[1][6] Morris was on leave of absence until June and saw no more field service after suffering his wound.[5] From June to August 1864 he served on the Courts Martial and Military Commissions. Still suffering from his wounds, he was mustered out of service at the end of August, 1864.[2][7] During this time General Morris wrote a book, Infantry Tactics, which was published in 1865.[8]President of the United States Andrew Johnson nominated Morris for appointment as a brevet major general of volunteers to rank from March 13, 1865, and the United States Senate confirmed the appointment on March 28, 1867

Brady CDV General William Morris Corps Badge

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