COL Berdan, Hiram

Hiram Berdan

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Born:
September 6, 1824

Birthplace: Phelps, New York

Father: John Berdan 1800 – 1851
(Buried: Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth, Michigan)​

Mother: Hannah Eldred 1802 – 1883
(Buried: Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth, Michigan)​

Occupation before War:

Mechanical Engineer in New York City, New York​
Top Rifle shot in United States for 15 years​
Inventor of the repeating rifle, and received patent for musket ball​
Developer of first commercial gold amalgamation machine​
Inventor of Reaper, and Mechanical bakery
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Civil War Career:

1861 – 1864: Colonel 1st & 2nd United States Sharpshooters​
1862: Participated in Seven Days Campaign in Virginia​
1862: Sharpshooters complained about Berdan’s role​
1862: Condemned by Major General Fitz John Porter​
1862: Participated in Second Battle of Bull Run, Virginia​
1862: Led his sharpshooters at Battle of Shepherdstown​
1863: Brigade Commander during Battle of Chancellorsville​
1863: Delayed Confederate Attack on Devil’s Den, and Peach Orchard​
1863: Acted as Brigade Commander of Ward’s Brigade​
1864: Resigned as Colonel on January 2nd​

Occupation after War:
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Engineer and Inventor​
1865: Appointed as Brevet Brig General approved by Congress in 1869​
Inventor of twin – screw Submarine Gunboat​
Inventor of Torpedo Boat that evaded torpedo nets​
Inventor of Long-Distance Rangefinder​
Inventor of Distance fuse for shrapnel​

Died: March 31, 1893 at about 5:45 pm

Place of Death: At a chess board at the Metropolitan Club, Washington, D.C.

Cause of Death: Cerebral Hemorrhage

Age at time of Death: 68 years old

Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

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Hiram Berdan's Gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
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by Gettysburg Daily, taken Sunday, September 27, 2009

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Patents of Hiram Berdan

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Grain & Straw Separator
Google: U.S. Patent 5,322

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Gold Amalgamation Machine
Google: U.S. Patent 9,741

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Collapsible Life Boat
Google: U.S. Patent 12,375

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Bread Kneading Machine
Google: U.S. Patent 18,180

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Bread Baking Oven

Google: U.S. Patent 18,429

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Improved Bread Cutter
Google: U.S. Patent 23,548

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Improvement to the Cartridge-Receiving Chamber of a Rifled Barrel
Google: U.S. Patent 45,898A

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Improvement in Breech-Loading Fire-Arms - Cartridge Extractor
Google: U.S. Patent 45,899A

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Improved Paper Cartridge
Google: U.S. Patent 46,292A

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Improved Gun Cleaning Rod with Jag End
Google: U.S. Patent 49,548

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Improvement in Breechloading Firearms
Google: Patent 51991A

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Safer Metallic Cartridge Primer
Google: U.S. Patent 52,818

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Improved Metallic Primer
Google: U.S. Patent 53,388

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Improvements in Breech-Loading Fire-Arms (Re-Issue)
Google: U.S. Patent RE3117E

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Improved Metallic Cartridge
Google: U.S. Patent 82,587

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Improved Cartridge Extractor on Breechloader
Google: Patent 85,162A

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An Improved Breechloading Block Action
Google: U.S. Patent 88436A

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A More Reliable Rifle Bolt Action
Google: U.S. Patent 108,869

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Improvement in Time and Distance Fuse for Shells
Google: U.S. Patent 220,792

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Improvements in Ammunition for (Underwater) Submarine Guns
Google: U.S. Patent 478,216
 
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The Republic. (Washington, DC), May 25, 1853, page 3.

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The New York Herald., February 24, 1859, page 2.

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Evening Star. (Washington, DC), April 18, 1859, page 1.

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Evening Star. (Washington, DC), October 22, 1857, page 1.

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The Bennington Banner. (Bennington, VT), April 07, 1893, page 1.

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The Washington Bee. (Washington, DC), April 08, 1893, page 2.
 

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