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DAY, Hannibal, soldier, born in Vermont about 1802. He is the son of Dr. Sylvester Day, assistant surgeon, U. S. army. He was graduated at the U. S. military academy in 1823, and made second lieutenant in the 2d infantry. On 4 April 1832, he was commissioned first lieutenant, and in the same year took part in the Black Hawk expedition, but was not on duty at the seat of war. He also served in the Florida wars in 1838'9 and 1841'2, and in the war with Mexico in 1846'7. He was commissioned captain, 7 July 1838, major, 23 February 1852, lieutenant colonel, 25 February 1861, and colonel, 7 January 1862. He commanded a brigade of the 5th corps in the Pennsylvania campaign in 1863, taking part in the battle of Gettysburg. He was retired from active duty, "on his own application after forty consecutive years of service," 1 August 1863, and employed on military commissions and courts-martial from 25 July 1864. On 13 March 1865, he was brevetted brigadier general for long service.
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