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 [decorative delimiter] Class of June 24, 1861

Vol. II

(Born Ct.)

Arthur H. Dutton

(Ap'd Ct.)


Born Nov. 15, 1838, Wallingford, CT.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1857, to June 24, 1861, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 24, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑64: on Staff of Brig.‑General Mansfield commanding the Department of Washington, July 3‑31, 1861; on Reconnoissance up the Potomac, Aug. 1‑5,

(Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Aug. 3, 1861)

1861; as Asst. Engineer in the construction of the Defenses of Washington, D. C., Aug. 5, 1861, to Mar. 15, 1862, — and in Brig.‑General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.H. G. Wright's Florida Expedition, Mar.‑Apr., 1862; as Superintending Engineer of the construction of Ft. Clinch, Fla., Apr. 14 to July 7, 1862; in command of Regiment (Army of the Potomac), in the Maryland Campaign, Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged in the March to Falmouth, Va.,

(Colonel, 21st Connecticut Volunteers, Sep. 5, 1862)

Oct.‑Nov., 1862; in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, to Feb., 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862; in command of Brigade, 9th Army Corps, at Newport

(Bvt. Major, Dec. 13, 1862, for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Va.)

News, Va., Feb.‑Mar., 1863; in command of Brigade in operations

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Mar. 3, 1863)

about Suffolk, Mar. 14 to May 13, 1863, being engaged in guarding the line of the Nansemond River during the Defense of Suffolk, Apr. 11 to May 3, 1863, participating in the Storming of Hill's Point Works and Battery, Apr. 19, and Action on Providence Church Road, May 3, 1863;

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, May 3, 1863, for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Defense of Suffolk, Va.)

in command of Brigade, May 13 to July 29, and of Regiment, July 29 to Sep. 23, 1863, in constructing intrenched line covering Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va.; in command of Regiment at Norfolk, Va., Sep. to Dec.,

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Oct. 2, 1863)

 p814  1863, — and of the forces at Newport News, Va., Jan. 4 to Feb. 15, 1864; as Chief of Staff to Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Peck, commanding Army and District of North Carolina, Feb. 15 to Apr. 30, 1864; in command of Regiment, 18th Corps (Army of the James), in Operations at Bermuda Hundred, Va., May 6‑26, 1864, being engaged in a Skirmish on the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad, May 7, 1864, — Action at Swift's Creek, May 9‑10, 1864, — Skirmishes along the Richmond and Petersburg Turnpike, May 12‑15, 1864, — Battle of Drury's Bluff, May 16, 1864, — and Reconnoissance

(Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, May 16, 1864,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in Reconnoissances
in front of Bermuda Hundred, Va.)

of the enemy's works at Bermuda Hundred, May 26, 1864,

(Bvt. Colonel, May 26, 1864, for Gallant and Meritorious Services while Reconnoitring the Enemy's Works near Bermuda Hundred, Va.)

when he was Mortally Wounded; and on sick leave of absence, disabled by wound, May 26 to June 5, 1864.

Died, June 5, 1864, at Baltimore, Md., of a Wound received at Bermuda Hundred, Va.: Aged 25.

Buried, In Memoriam Cemetery, Wallingford, CT.​a

Thayer's Note:

a Find-a‑Grave has two pages — the other at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA — and gives no indication that either is a cenotaph or his grave. The most informative page, with a capsule biography and excerpts from the report of his death, is at ArlingtonCemetery.Net, where his monument is described as a "private memorial".

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