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Hiram Eddy, 2nd Connecticut Infantry

Posted in   by Steven on September 13th, 2011

Hiram J. Eddy (1813-1893)

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Hiram Eddy was chaplain for the 2nd Connecticut Volunteers (90 days service) at Bull Run, where he was captured with a rifle in his hand. He was reported to have preached a sermon the night before urging the soldiers to “show no quarter, take sure aim and shoot to kill.” These facts made the Confederates less agreeable to the “chaplains are noncombatants” rule, and Reverend Eddy was the first prisoner of Libby Prison POW camp. He was prisoner of five different POW camps before he was released a year later.