Peter Conover Hains
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1840
Date of Death: 1921
Occupation: Soldier
Military Branch: United States Army
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): How Few Remain
Type of Appearance: Direct
Peter Conover Hains (July 6, 1840 – November 7, 1921) was a major general in the United States Army, and a veteran of the American Civil War, Spanish-American War, and the First World War. He is best known for his engineering efforts, such as the creation of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., and for laying out the Panama Canal.

Peter Hains in Southern VictoryEdit

Peter Hains fought with distinction during the War of Secession, particularly at Hanover in May of 1862. After the USA's defeat at Camp Hill, Hains stayed on in the army.

In 1881, he was now a colonel in the US Cavalary, stationed at Tucson, New Mexico Territory. When the Second Mexican War began later that year, he was the commanding officer of a combined regiment of US Cavalry and Volunteer Cavalry. His military career in the war ended in disaster as he allowed his subordinate commander, brevet Colonel Virgil Earp to convince him to pursue a group of Apaches into an ambush.

In the ensuing battle, his cavalry regiment was decimated and when the combined Apache and Confederate Force pushed home their attack, Hains finally called a retreat. He just barely managed to escape back to Tucson where he remained for the rest of the war.[1]


  1. How Few Remain, pg. 227 Paperback.