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William Silliman Hillyer
Birth: Apr. 2, 1830
Henderson County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jul. 12, 1874
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

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 part of a force that captured the secessionist Camp Jackson on May 10, 1861. After that incident he moved to New York City, New York to establish a law practice, but was drawn into the war when 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 of Volunteers on September 8, 1861, he served as an aide-de-camp to General Grant through the campaigns of February to April, 1862 that resulted in the capture of Island No. 10 and Fort Donelson, and the Battle of Shiloh. Promoted to Colonel of Volunteers on May 3, 1862, on June 24th he was assigned as the Provost Marshal General of the Department of the Tennessee. 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 General Grant was elected as President of the United States, 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) 
Family links: 
  Anna Shields Rankin Hillyer (1832 - 1896)*
  Charles Rankin Hillyer (____ - 1869)*
  John Rawlins Hillyer (1867 - 1892)*
  Ulysses Grant Hillyer (1869 - 1918)*
  Anna Rankin Hillyer (1873 - 1874)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Essex County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Section F, Lot 20
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Originally Created by: Russ
Record added: Jul 24, 2006
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In Memory of Gen. William Silliman Hillyer
- Patrick Lombardi
 Added: Apr. 10, 2017
General thank you for your service to our country during our American Civil War. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Apr. 2, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving Great Great Great Grandad!
- Kelly Dunican Benoit
 Added: Nov. 21, 2014
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