Hutchins, Uriel Holmes

Attorney, Abolitionist, Civil War Veteran

Birth: May 27, 1818, Vienna, Trumbull County, Ohio
Death: October 21, 1872, Washington D.C.
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio
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Uriel Holmes Hutchins enjoyed a career as a prominent attorney, abolitionist, and citizen in Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio. In 1857, he served as the Second Assistant Clerk of the Ohio House of Representatives.[1] During the American Civil War (1861-1865), Hutchins served in the Sixth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry as quartermaster and in the Paymaster's Department.

Born to Connecticut Land Company surveyor and pioneer Samuel Hutchins and his wife Freelove Flower, Uriel Holmes Hutchins was named after Vienna Township proprietor Uriel Holmes, Jr. Holmes had cared for Samuel Hutchins' mother and siblings after the death of his father John in 1787.

Uriel's brother John was a prominent abolitionist, attorney, and served in the United States House of Representatives. In 1859 the two brothers formed a law practice in Warren, the county seat. According to the 1860 Federal Census, the Hutchins family, wife Emily Bennett and son M.J., lived a few doors away from William Reitzel, the publisher of the Western Reserve Chronicle. The Hutchinses were active members of the the Baptist Church in Warren.[2]

This advertisement (called a "card" in the nineteenth century) appeared in the Western Reserve Chronicle in 1859 (taken from the April 6 issue).

Philanthropy and Public Service

Uriel Holmes Hutchins participated in a variety of organizations at the local and national level. He gave money to the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society in 1845. In 1853 he served as Trumbull County treasurer for the American and Foreign Bible Society, an organization created by evangelical Protestants to fund, publish, and distribute the Bible throughout the world.

Hutchins was a member of the Trumbull County Agricultural Society. He represented the Society at the annual meeting of the Ohio Board of Agriculture in 1855. He served as the Society's secretary in 1853 (when his brother John served as treasurer) and as the Society's treasurer in 1854 and 1856.

Hutchins was a member of the Trumbull County School Examining Committee in 1857.

Civil War Service

Hutchins enlisted on October 28, 1861. On December 12, 1861, he was promoted to First Lieutenant and was commissioned as an officer in Company S of the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. He served as Quartermaster of Company S and Company F. He was again promoted, to Major, on November 26, 1862. He was mustered out on the same day, and commissioned as an officer in the United States Volunteers Paymaster's Department Infantry Regiment. On November 4, 1865, Hutchins was promoted to Brevet Colonel. He was mustered out on July 20, 1866.

Western Reserve Chronicle, October 16, 1861, p. 2.

Eight members of the 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry hailed from Vienna: Lucius G. Andrews, Isaac C. Brister, Moses Cole, John Gilmore, Hiram Wells Hull, Uriel Holmes Hutchins, and brothers Henry Shannon Truesdell and John Hilliard Truesdell.

While Paymaster, Hutchins resided in Washington, DC. He was thus able to aid the Ohio Relief Society, an organization created to tend to the needs of Ohio soldiers in the capital's hospitals. As one of a three-member committee, Hutchins raised funds and procured food, clothing, and other supplies for the convalescing men.[3]

Regimental History, 6th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry

Overview: Organized at Warren, Ohio, October 7, 1861. Duty at Warren till January, 1862, and at Camps Chase and Dennison, Ohio, to May, 1862. Moved to Wheeling, W. Va., May 13, thence to Strasburg, Va., and join Fremont's army. Attached to Mountain Department to June, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Corps, Pope's Army of Virginia, to July, 1862. Cavalry Brigade, 1st Corps, Army of Virginia, to September, 1862. Cavalry Brigade, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to February, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army Potomac, to June, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army Potomac, to August, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army Potomac, to October, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army Potomac, to May, 1865. Dept. of Virginia to August, 1865.

Service: Strasburg, Va., June 1, 1862. Woodstock June 2. Mt. Jackson June 4. New Market June 5. Harrisonburg June 6. Battle of Cross Keys June 8. Near Mt. Jackson June 16. Rapidan River August 3-4 and 12. Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16-September 2. Fords of the Rappahannock August 16-23. Kelly's Ford August 21. Catlett's Station August 21-22. Fant's Ford, Great Run, August 23. Thoroughfare Gap and Haymarket August 28. Battle of Bull Run August 29-30. Expedition from Centreville to Bristoe and Warrenton Stations September 25-28. Reconnoissance to near Warrenton October 12. Thoroughfare Gap October 17-18. Haymarket October 19 (Detachment). Operations on Orange & Alexandria Railroad November 10-12. Reconnoissance from Chantilly to Snicker's Ferry and Berryville November 28-30. Berryville November 30. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15 (Detachment). Scout to Luray Valley December 22. Kelly's Ford March 17, 1863. Stoneman's Raid April 27-May 8. Brandy Station, Stevensburg, Beverly Ford, June 9. Aldie June 17. Middleburg June 19. Upperville June 21. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1-3. Monterey July 4. Smithburg July 6. Williamsport and Hagerstown July 6-7. Bconsboro July 8. Jones' Cross Roads near Williamsport July 10 and 13. Hagerstown July 11-13. Falling Waters July 14. Jones' Cross Roads July 15. Barber's Cross Roads September 1. Scout to Middleburg September 10-11. Advance from the Rapidan to the Rappahannock September 13-17. Culpeper Court House September 13. Rapidan Station September 15. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Warrenton or White Sulphur Springs October 12-13. Auburn Bristoe and Bristoe October 14. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. New Hope Church November 27. Reconnoissance to Front Royal January 1-4, 1864. Custer's Raid into Albemarle County February 28-March 1. Near Charlottesville February 29. Stannardsville March 1. Burton's Ford, Rapidan River, March 1 (Detachment). Rapidan Campaign May 8-June 15. Todd's Tavern May 5-6. Wilderness May 6-7. Todd's Tavern May 7-8. Corbin's Bridge May 8. Sheridan's Raid to the James River May 9-24. Childsburg and Davenport May 9. North Anna May 9-10. Ashland, Ground Squirrel Church and Yellow Tavern May 11. Brook's Church or fortifications of Richmond May 12. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Haw's Shop May 28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor May 31-June 7. Sumner's Upper Bridge June 2. Sheridan's Trevillian Raid June 7-24. Trevillian Station June 11-12. Mallory's Cross Roads June 12. Black Creek or Tunstall Station and St. Peter's Church, White House, June 21. Saint Mary's Church June 24. Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond June 24, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Warwick Swamp July 12, 1864. (Poolesville, Md., July 12, Detachment.) Demonstration north of the James July 27-29. Deep Bottom and Malvern Hill July 27-28. Lee's Mills July 30. Demonstration north of the James August 13-20. Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18. Six Mile House, Weldon Railroad, August 20-21. Dinwiddie Road near Ream's Station August 23. Ream's Station August 25. Arthur's Swamp and Poplar Grove Church September 29-October 2. Expedition into Surrey County October 16-19. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28. Stony Creek Station December 1. Reconnoissance to Hatcher's Run and skirmishes December 8-10. Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Dinwiddie Court House March 30-31. Five Forks April 1. Amelia Springs and Jettersville April 5. Sailor's Creek April 6. Farmville April 7. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Expedition to Danville April 23-29. Duty in Sub-District of the Appomattox, Dept. of Virginia, till August. Mustered out August 7, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 5 Officers and 52 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 177 Enlisted men by disease. Total 238.

Updated 8/13/2020
[1] Williams' Ohio State Register and Business Mirror For 1857 (Cincinnati: C. S. Williams, 1857), p. 21.
[2] William J. Kerr, One Hundred Years of Baptist History in Warren, Ohio (Warren, Ohio: Wm. Ritezel & Co., 1903).
[3] Whitelaw Reid, Ohio in the War: Her Statesmen, Generals, and Soldiers (Cincinnati: The Robert Clarke Company, 1895), Vol. 1: The History of Ohio During the War and The Lives of Her Generals , p. 263.