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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1847

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

Henry Heth

(Ap'd Va.)


Born Dec. 16, 1825, Chesterfield Co., VA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1843, to July 1, 1847, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Infantry, July 1, 1847.

Served: in the War with Mexico, 1847‑48; in garrison at Jefferson

(Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, Sep. 22, 1847)

Barracks, Mo., 1848; on frontier duty at Ft. Atkinson, Kan., 1848‑49, 1850‑52, — conducting prisoners to Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1852, — Ft. Atkinson, Kan., 1852‑53, — Ft. Riley, Kan., 1853‑54, — Ft. Kearny, Neb.,

(First Lieut., 6th Infantry, June 9, 1853)

1854‑55, — Quartermaster, 6th Infantry, Nov. 24, 1854, to Mar. 3, 1855,

(Captain, 10th Infantry, Mar. 3, 1855)

— Sioux Expedition, 1855, being engaged in the Action of Blue Water, Neb., Sep. 3, 1855, — Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1855‑56, — Platte Bridge, Neb., 1856, — and Ft. Snelling, Min., 1856; on Board for testing merits of Breech-loading Rifles, Aug. 12, 1857, to Jan. 15, 1858; on Utah Expedition, 1858‑60; and on leave of absence, 1860‑61.

Resigned, Apr. 25, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — Civil Engineer in the service of the United States, 1880‑84. Inspector of Indian Agencies, 1884‑89.

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

Civil History. — Member of the Antietam Battle Commission to Sept. 27, 1899.

Died Sept. 27, 1899, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 74.

Buried, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record. Summaries of his war career, during which he rose to the rank of Major-General, are found on several sites online; the summary published in the Confederate Military History is given at Civil War Home.

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