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This Day in Georgia History

May 18, 1798

Ethan Allen Hitchcock Born

Union General Ethan Allen Hitchcock was born in Vergennes, Vermont. He graduated from West Point in 1817 and served in the U.S. Army until 1855, when he resigned. In Feb. 1862, Hitchcock was appointed major general of Union Volunteers. He subsequently was appointed commissioner in charge of exchanging prisoners of war. After retiring from the Army in 1867, Hitchcock moved to Georgia, where he died in Sparta on Aug. 5, 1870.