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Major Ira Hobart Evans


Major Ira Hobart Evans (Civil War)

Ira Hobart Evans was born in Piermont, New Hampshire on April 11, 1844.  Following the death of his father in 1852, his mother moved the family to her hometown of Berlin, Vermont, where the young Evans attended school and later graduated from the Barre Academy.  With the Civil War and a call to arms sounding across the country, Evans enlisted as a private in Company B, 10th Vermont Volunteer Infantry on July 1862.  He would later be promoted to Captain and eventually Brevet Major.  
Major Evans received the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism while serving with Company B, 116th U.S. Colored Troops, at the Battle of Hatcher’s Run, Virginia.  According to the citation, on April 6, 1865 “Evans voluntarily passed between the lines under heavy fire from the enemy and obtained important information.”  Following the assassination of President Lincoln, Evans was selected to march in the Honor Guard for the fallen Commander in Chief.
At the conclusion of the Civil War, Evans was transferred to Texas as part of the Federal Forces to help oversee Reconstruction and served as the Provost Marshall of Brownsville.  In 1867, he was discharged from active duty in New Orleans.  Liking Texas, he returned to the area and soon entered politics.  He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives and became the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives at the age of 25.  In