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CAPTAIN A. C. HULSE was born in East Tennessee, September 23, 1835. His father, W. K. Hulse, was a native of Tennessee, and a carpenter by trade. At the age of eighteen Mr. Hulse turned his face westward and after traveling around some time located in Palmyra, and went into the blacksmith trade; a vocation he has since followed at that place. October 2, 1856, he was united in marriage to Miss Martha A. Ross, daughter of Robert Ross, of Macoupin county. They have raised a family of four children. In 1862, when this country was at fever heat in consequence of the late civil war, Mr. Hulse turned the key on his blacksmith shop, bid his family farewell and enlisted in the 122d regiment, under Col. Rinaker. He was elected second lieutenant of company E, a position he held until April 3, 1863, when he was promoted captain of his company. He received this promotion over the first lieutenant of his company, which position he held until the close of the war. He was in all the hard fought battles incident to this regiment's campaign through the war. He was never wounded, under arrest or reprimanded while he was in the service. At the close of the war, he retuned to his home, in Palmyra, where he has since resided. Captain Hulse has always adhered to the principles of democracy; he cast his first vote for James Buchanan, and has ever since voted the democratic ticket. He went into the war believing the "the first principle of democracy was to sustain the government." He is highly respected as an energetic and honest man, a good neighbor, and a worthy and patriotic citizen.