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William Silliman Hillyer
Birth: Apr. 2, 1830
Death: Jul. 12, 1874

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. A pre-Civil War lawyer, he was practicing law in St. Louis, Missouri, where he became known to Ulysses S. Grant. After the outbreak of the Civil War, he was tabbed by Grant, who had been commissioned as a Brigadier General of Volunteers, to be part of his staff. Commissioned as a Captain, he served as an aide-de-camp to General Grant through the campaigns that resulted in the capture of Island No. 10 and Fort Donelson, and the Battle of Shiloh. Promoted to Colonel of Volunteers, he was assigned as the Provost Marshal General of the Department of the Tennesse. In May 1863 he resigned during the early stages of the Vickburg Campaign, because his health had been damaged from his exertions in the field. On March 13, 1865 he was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers for "gallant and meritorious services during the war", a reward for faithful work on General Grant's staff. When Grant was elected as President, he appointed General Hillyer was United States Internal Revenue agent. General Hillyer died in Washington, DC in 1874, and was the last surviving member of Ulysses S. Grant original military staff. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
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  Anna Shields Rankin Hillyer (1832 - 1896)*
 
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Burial:
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Newark
Essex County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Section F, Lot 20
 
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Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Jul 24, 2006
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William Silliman Hillyer
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William Silliman Hillyer
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William Silliman Hillyer
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