Evans, Ira Hobart
Age: 18, credited to Barre, VTVITALS
Birth: 04/11/1844, Piermont, NHADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Berlin Corner Cemetery, Berlin, VT
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Ira Hobart Evans
Rank and Organization: Captain, Co. B, 116th U.S. Colored Troops.
Place and date: Hatchers Run, VA, 2 Apr 1865.
Entered service at: Barre.
Born: 11 Apr 1844, Piermont, NH.
Died: 19 Apr 1922, San Diego, Ca.
Buried: Berlin Corners Cemetery, Berlin, VT
Date of Issue: 24 Mar 1892.
Citation: Voluntarily passed between the lines, under a heavy fire from the enemy, and obtained important information.
(History 10th Vt. Inf.)
See also: Beyer and Keydel, 516.
He was brevetted Major, USV, 13 Mar 1865 for "gallant and meritorious service." Mustered out of Civil War service on 7 Feb 1867, well after the end of the fighting. He had served in the Union forces that occupied the Texas border to counter the French occupational element in Mexico, and was the Provost Marshal for Brownsville. After his discharge he stayed in Texas, served in the Freedman's Bureau and in the Internal Revenue service. At the urging of Governor Edmund Davis, he ran for, and was elected to, the Texas State Legislature in 1870. Four months into the term he was unanimously made Speaker of the Texas House, the youngest to ever hold that office. A legislational dispute would cost him that position, and he finished his term in 1871. He became a successful businessman and civil leader in Texas, and helped found Houston-Tillotson College.
NARA File Number: E-53-CT-1863.