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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2021 9:28 p.m. PST

…. War ‘What If'

"Schuyler Hamilton could not have been born into a family draped with a grander political and military legacy. Both of his grandfathers—Generals Alexander Hamilton and Philip Schuyler—are closely associated with the battle for American independence and the building of the new nation.

Being born into the "Hamilton clan," Schuyler undoubtedly regarded it as his generation's duty to emulate the heroes of the Revolutionary War, most importantly through heroism on the battlefield. Schuyler Hamilton did just that with his gallant service during the Mexican War. But this "brilliant officer, who gave great promise," had an unremarkable career in the Civil War, beset by disease and resigning from the Union Army in 1863.

Born on July 22, 1822, Schuyler was one of the seven children of soldier/lawyer John Church Hamilton. John, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton's fifth child, served as General William Henry Harrison's aide-de-camp during the War of 1812. A military career seemed most appropriate for John Hamilton's second son, and Schuyler entered the U.S. Military Academy in 1837 at the age of 15. He would graduate 24th in West Point's Class of 1841, two spots ahead of future Gettysburg hero John F. Reynolds. (Other notables to graduate alongside Schuyler were Nathaniel Lyon, Israel "Fighting Dick" Richardson, and cousins Richard and Robert Garnett.)…"
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