|Born||December 22, 1832|
|Died||April 11, 1889 (aged 56)|
Fort Robinson, Nebraska
|Place of burial|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1861–1889|
|Rank||Brevet Major General|
|Commands held||2nd Iowa Cavalry|
9th U.S. Cavalry
Department of Arizona
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Edward Hatch (December 22, 1832 – April 11, 1889) was a career American soldier who served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. After the war he became the first commander of the 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, a Buffalo soldier regiment with African-American troops commanded by white officers.
As early as 1858 he was a resident of Muscatine, Iowa, where he engaged in the lumber business.
He volunteered for service as a private in the Union Army at the outbreak of the Civil War. He assisted in raising the 2nd Iowa Cavalry, becoming its major in August 1861. A few weeks later he was commissioned its Lieutenant-Colonel. In June 1862 on the promotion of Colonel Washington L. Elliott to Brigadier-General he was made the regiment's colonel.
He served under General Ulysses S. Grant in the South. After commanding the entire cavalry division in the Army of the Tennessee, he was appointed and confirmed a brigadier general in the spring of 1864. His gallantry in the field caused his further promotion to the rank of brevet major general later in 1864.
After the war, he transferred from the volunteer to the Regular Army as colonel of the 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (1866). He succeeded General Gordon Granger as commander of the District of New Mexico (which included New Mexico Territory) in 1876, negotiated a treaty with the Ute Indians in 1880, and became widely known as an Indian fighter.
- historycentral Accessed December 16, 2007