Gen. Thomas Hyde Medal of Honor

This Medal of Honor was awarded to Gen. Thomas Hyde, the Founder of Bath Iron Works. He took over the Bath Iron Foundry in the fall of 1865 after his return from the Civil War, where he had served in Maine regiments alongside his good friend, Joshua Chamberlain, and distinguished himself during the Battle of Antietam. At the age of 24, after commanding a brigade of 3,000 men, he returned to Bath to oversee seven employees and one melting furnace in what would become Bath Iron Works. Artifact courtesy of Maine Maritime Museum.