“A Biographical History of Lancaster Co. Being a History of
Early Settlers and Eminent Men of the County” by Alex. Harris, 1827
Lancaster, Pa.: Elias Barr & Co., 1872
Pg. 262, GEN. HENRY HAMBRIGHT, was a member of the Legislature in the years 1813, 1814, 1816 and 1817.
Pg. 262, GEORGE HAMBRIGHT, elected sheriff of Lancaster Co. in 1815.
Pg. 262, HENRY A. HAMBRIGHT, now Major of the 19th U. S. Infantry, brevet Colonel U. S. army, and brevet Brigadier U. S. Volunteers during the late rebellion, was born at Lancaster, Pa., on the 24th day of March, 1819, and was the third son of MAJOR FREDERICK HAMBRIGHT and ELIZABETH SHAEFFER, his wife.The family of HAMBRIGHTS were always fond of military life.His father and uncle, COL. GEORGE HAMBRIGHT, not only served as captains of volunteer companies, but during the War of 1812-14 marched to the battle field and defended their country.The father of HENRY A. HAMBRIGHT (pg. 263) was Major-General of the militia of Lancaster Co.HENRY A. HAMBRIGHT, in which he had served under his father as second sergeant, no sooner heard of the declaration of war between the U. S. and Mexico, in 1846, than the volunteered and entered into the service of his country.His company had been previously twice called upon by the Governor of Pa., David R. Porter, and marched to Philadelphia to quell the riots there taking place.He marched as First Lieutenant of a company in the 2d regiment of Pa. Volunteers, commanded by Colonel William B. Roberts, to the Mexican War.Her served throughout the whole war in the valley of Mexico, from Vera Cruz to the City of Mexico, and was consequently in the battles of Cerro Gordo, La Hoya, Contreas, Cherubusco, Molino del Rey, Chepultepec, Belen Gate, and the taking of the City of Mexico.After his return with the regiment to the U. S., which was mustered out of service at Pittsburgh in 1848, he resumed his business as a contractor on public works, and afterwards was an efficient officer on the Pa. Central Railroad, stationed at Lancaster.
It was in this capacity that he was serving when the rebellion became a “fixed fact,” and having reorganized his old volunteer company, the “Jackson Riflemen,” and tendered its services with his own to the Governor of Pa., was received and marched to Harrisburg.He was mustered into service in the 1st Pa. volunteers, under Colonel Samuel Yohe, for three months, and participated in all the actions of the campaign under Gen. Robert Patterson.On the discharge of this three months’ regiment, he immediately raised a new regiment and offered its services to the government to serve for three years, which offer was accepted, provided he had it ready for service in 30 days, and to report to the Adjutant General, U. S. A., at Washington (pg. 264) City.This order was promptly complied with, after a short extension of time.The regiment proceeded to Pittsburgh, and was organized Oct. 18, 1861, with its full complement of officers and men.It was afterwards known throughout the whole war, as the gallant and efficient 79th Pa. regiment, and COL. HAMBRIGHT continued in its command until it was finally mustered out of service at the conclusion of the war.On the 7th day of June, 1865, “for meritorious services in the field, “ he was commissioned by the President “brevet Brigadier General of volunteers.”While serving in the three months’ service as Captain, he received the commission of Captain in the 11th regiment U. S. Infantry, of the regular army; this appointment he accepted; but his higher temporary rank as Colonel of a brave regiment of volunteers where he was doing his whole duty, at times being in command of a brigade, kept him in full employment, and he continued in command as Colonel of the 79th, and brevet Brigadier General in the army of the Ohio, and that of the Cumberland, and formed part of Sherman’s grand corps in the celebrated march to the sea.He participated in the battles of the campaigns under Generals Buel, Rosecrans, George H. Thomas, Sherman and other commanders, which ended the war.
COLONEL HAMBRIGHT, since the close of the war, has served in Texas and other parts of the south, and is at present with Fort St. Philip, lying adjacent on the other bank of the Mississippi River, near its mouth.
Pg. 264, MAJOR FREDERICK HAMBRIGHT, son of JOHN and SUSANNA HAMBRIGHT, was born at Lancaster, Pa., November 22, 1786.In 1810 he became a member of the Lancaster (pg. 265) Phalanx.As fourth corporal of this company he marched to Elkton, Md., in 1813, under Captain James Humes.In 1814, when Baltimore was threatened with destruction and pillage by the British, the Phalanx again mustered for the defense, and on this occasion the subject of this notice accompanied it in the capacity of ensign.The command was now under the command of his brother, GEORGE HAMBRIGHT.After going into camp for three months the Pa. troops were discharged, and returned to their respective homes.In the year 1815 MR. HAMBRIGHT was elected captain of the Phalanx, a position he held up to 1838, when the company disbanded.During the aforementioned period he had several times been elected major of a battalion composed of different volunteer companies of Lancaster Co.
In the year 1839, at the request of the “Jackson Riflemen,” composed chiefly of young men, he became their captain and made it one of the best military companies in that branch of the service.In 1840 he marched his company to Camp Wayne, Pa., and at the request of a regiment there assembled, composed of volunteers from various sections of the State, among which was his own company, he assumed the command.In July, 1841, CAPTAIN HAMBRIGHT was called upon by a committee from York, Pa., to take command of all the volunteers to assemble at Camp Lafayette, in the following month; he accepted and marched to York with his riflemen, on the 23d of August, and organized the brigade. He continued in command of the Riflemen until 1846, when they disbanded their organization.(pg. 266)
On the 4th of July, 1842, he was elected Major General of the 4th division of the Pa. Militia by the officers there.In the year 1824 MAJOR HAMBRIGHT marched two companies - the “Lancaster Phalanx” and the “City Guards” by invitation, to participate in the reception of the nation’s guest, General La Fayette, on his arrival in this country.MAJOR HAMBRIGHT also marched a command to Philadelphia on two several occasions when riots were taking place in that city, in obedience to the call of David R. Porter, Governor of the commonwealth.
In the fall of 1821 he was elected High Sheriff of Lancaster Co., an office previously filled by his brother, COL. GEORGE HAMBRIGHT.Upon the termination of his office of Sheriff, he was elected a member of the State Senate of Pa.About 20 years ago he moved to Allegheny, where he resided up to the time of his death, which took place March 17, 1872, at the residence of his daughter, MRS. CHARLOTTE KENNEDY, in the 86th year of his age.
As a testimony of the regard in which MAJOR HAMBRIGHT was held by those under his command, the following certificates are appended, one signed by the officers of the “Lancaster Phalanx” which he so long commanded, and other signed by the Lancaster city Battalion.
“I, Peter Reed, Jr., First Lieutenant of the Lancaster Phalanx, a volunteer corps belonging to the city battalion of volunteers in the 1st Brigade, 4th Division, Pennsylvania militia, do certify that MAJOR FREDERICK HAMBRIGHT became a member of said corps at the organization, on the 18th day of July, 1810; and in the year 1813, when the said corps marched to Elkton, in the late war, he was appointed a corporal; in the year 1814, when said company marched to the defense of Baltimore, he was elected ensign in the corps; in 1815 he was elected captain, which command he still holds; and in the various duties of private, (pg. 267) officer and commander, for twenty-five years, his conduct has been that of a gentleman, a soldier and a patriot, alike anxious for the honor of his corps and the welfare and prosperity of the strong arm of our country’s defense, the volunteer system.
Given under our hand this 4th day of May, A. D. 1835
(Signed)PETER REED, JR.
1st. Lieut. Lancaster Phalanx.
We, the undersigned officers of the Lancaster city battalion of volunteers, in the 1st Brigade, 4th Division, P. M., do hereby certify that MAJOR FREDERICK HAMBRIGHT was elected and commissioned Major commanding said battalion of the 12th day of May, A. D. 1826...(ends pg. 267)