Bath Historical Society to present lecture on Thomas Hyde

Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2012 in Culture

Bath Historical Society to present lecture on Thomas Hyde

This lithograph shows Thomas W. Hyde as a young Army officer during the Civil War.  It was published in his book, Following the Greek Cross, or Memories of the  6th Army Corps.  Courtesy of Sagadahoc History Room, Patten Free Library.

BATH -- Bath Historical Society will continue its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with its fall lecture, which will focus on the wartime experiences of Thomas W. Hyde, and his subsequent career as founder of Bath Iron Works and the Hyde Windlass Company in Bath.  Earle “Bud” Warren will present the program on Saturday, October 20th, at 10:30 A.M. in the Community Room of the Patten Free Library. 

Thomas Worcester Hyde was born in 1841, raised in Bath, and attended Bowdoin College and the University of Chicago.  Commissioned as a major in the  7th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment in April, 1861, he participated in many of the key Civil War battles, including Second Bull Run, Antietam and Gettysburg.  He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1863, colonel in 1864, and was brevetted brigadier general as of April, 1865.  He received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Antietam, where he had three horses shot from under him.  Returning to Bath after the war, he purchased a local iron foundry, and expanded its business to include manufacture of his Hyde windlass and other maritime machinery and then to include steel shipbuilding. His Bath Iron Works shipyard became, and continues to be, one of the leading shipbuilders in the nation.  Gen. Hyde served three terms in the Maine Senate, two as its President, and also was Mayor of Bath.  He wrote a book about his Civil War experiences, Following the Greek Cross or Memories of the 6th Army Corps.  His death in 1899 occasioned great mourning in Bath.   

Bud Warren was also raised in Bath.  After graduating from Yale, he taught in Hawaii, Massachusetts and Maine schools, including the Hyde School in Bath.  He  worked for many years at Bath Iron Works and also at the Maine Maritime Museum. He is also a former president of Maine’s First Ship, the non-profit organization dedicated to researching, documenting and building a reconstruction of  the Virginia, the pinnace built by the Popham colonists in 1607.  Bud has lectured on Maine historical topics for more than 40 years, and has been a historical guide on tours for Smithsonian Associates, Elderhostel and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Library opens at 10:00 a.m., and refreshments will be available before the program at 10:30.  For more information, call the History Room at 443-5141, ext. 8. 

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