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 [decorative delimiter] Class of May 6, 1861

Vol. II

(Born Del.)

Henry A. Du Pont​1

(Ap'd at Large)


Henry Algernon Du Pont: Born July 30, 1838, Greenville, DE.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1856, to May 6, 1861, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, May 6, 1861.

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, May 6, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in drilling Volunteers, at Washington, D. C., May to July, 1861; as Adjutant,

(First Lieut., 5th Artillery, May 14, 1861)

5th Artillery, July 6, 1861, to Mar. 24, 1864; in garrison at Camp Greble, near Harrisburg, Pa., July, 1861, to Apr., 1862, — and at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., being Acting Adjutant-General of the troops in New York Harbor, Apr., 1862, to July, 1863; in Operations in West Virginia, in command of Battery, July 5, 1863, to May 24, 1864, and as

(Captain, 5th Artillery, Mar. 24, 1864)

Chief of Artillery of the Department of West Virginia, May 24 to July 28, 1864, being engaged in the Combat of New Market, May 15, 1864, — Combat of Piedmont, June 5, 1864, — Skirmish at Lexington, June 11, 1864, — Combat of Lynchburg, June 17‑18, 1864, — and Action near Salem, June 21, 1864; as Chief of Artillery, Army of West Virginia, July 28, 1864, to Jan. 2, 1865; in Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Sheridan's Shenandoah Campaign, being engaged in Skirmishes at Cedar Creek, Aug. 15, and Halltown, Aug. 22‑26, — Action of Berryville, Sep. 3, 1864, — Battle of Opequan, Sep. 19, 1864, — Battle of Fisher's Hill, Sep. 23,

(Bvt. Major, Sep. 19, 1864,
for Gallant Services at the Battles of Opequan and Fisher's Hill, Va.)

1864, — Skirmish at Cedar Creek, Oct. 13, 1864, — and Battle of Cedar Creek, Oct. 19, 1864; as Chief of Artillery of the Department of West

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Oct. 19, 1864,
for Distinguished Services at the Battle of Cedar Creek, Va.)

Virginia, Jan. 2 to July 20, 1865; in command of Battery at Cumberland, Md., Oct., 1865, — and at Ft. Monroe, Va., Oct., 1865, to Aug., 1866; on leave of absence, Aug. 14 to Sep. 13, 1866; and in command of Battery at Ft. Monroe, Sep. 13 to Oct. 28, 1866.

Served: in command of battery at Richmond, Va., Oct. 29, 1866, to Jan., 1868, — Camp Williams, Va., to Oct., 1868, — Washington, D. C., to July, 1870, — and Ft. Adams, R. I., to Jan. 16, 1873, and June 12 to  p769 Sep. 6, 1873; as Member of Board, Jan. 17 to June 11, 1873, to assimilate the Tactics of Artillery, Infantry, and Cavalry adopted for the Army, July 17, 1873; on Special duty at West Point, N. Y., Sep. 7, 1873, to Sep., 1874; and on leave of absence, to Mar. 1, 1875.

Resigned, Mar. 1, 1875.

Civil History. — Powder Manufacturer, Wilmington, Del., since 1875.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — Railroad official, Winterthur, near Montchanin, Del. — President and General Manager Wilmington and Northern Railroad Company, from Jan. 1, 1890 to Dec. 31, 1898; director of the Reading Company, of the Philadelphia and Reading Railway Company, and of the Baltimore and Philadelphia Railroad Company to –––––; Member of the American Philosophical Society, the Historical Societies of Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and of the Military Service Institution.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Railroad official, Winterthur, near Montchanin, Del. — Elected U. S. Senator from Delaware in 1895, but was not seated. — Declined appointment as Minister to Russia in 1897. — Elected U. S. Senator from Delaware in 1906; term will expire March 3, 1911. — Is Chairman of Committee on Expenditures in the War Department and a member of the Military and other committees. — Residence, Wilmington, Del.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Henry Algernon Du Pont, Born July 30, 1838.)

Military History. —

Captain, 5th Artillery, March 24, 1864.

Brevet Lieut.‑Colonel, Oct. 19, 1864.

Resigned, March 1, 1875.

Civil History. — Elected U. S. Senator from Delaware in 1906; re-elected in 1911; term expired March 4, 1917; Chairman of the Senate Committee on Military Affairs during the Sixty-second Congress. Residence, Wilmington, Del.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Captain, 5th Artillery, Mar. 24, 1864.

Brevet Lieutenant colonel, Oct. 19, 1864,

Resigned, March 1, 1875.


Medal of Honor

"For most distinguished gallantry in action. At Cedar Creek, Va. Oct. 19, 1864, this officer, then Captain Fifth U. S. Artillery and Chief of Artillery, Crook's Corps, by his brave bearing, most distinguished gallantry and voluntary exposure to the enemy's fire, at a critical moment when the Union line had been broken and defeated, encouraged his men to stand to their guns, checked the advance of the enemy and brought off most of his pieces. In the later victorious advance of the army, the same day, he also rendered valuable service and was particularly mentioned in the official report of Major-General Crook."

Died, Dec. 30, 1926, at Winterthur, Del.: Aged 88.

Buried, Du Pont de Nemours Cemetery, Wilmington, DE.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1927.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Henry A. Du Pont, who was graduated at the Military Academy with the Class of 1833 (No. 747).

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