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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1839

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

Henry S. Burton​a

(Ap'd Vt.)


Henry Stanton Burton: Born May 9, 1819, West Point, NY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1835, to July 1, 1839, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1839.

Served: in the Florida War, 1839‑40, 1840‑42; in garrison at Ft.

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, Nov. 11, 1839)

Moultrie, S. C., 1842‑43; at the Military Academy, 1843‑46, as Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, June 16, 1843, to Dec. 16, 1845, — and as Asst. Instructor of Artillery, Dec. 16, 1845, to Aug. 5, 1846; in the War with Mexico, as Lieut.‑Colonel, New York Volunteers, serving in California,  p745 and was engaged in the Attack on La Paz, L. C., and Skirmish of

(Captain, 3d Artillery, Sep. 22, 1847)

Todos Santos, L. C., Mar. 30, 1848; on frontier duty at Monterey, Cal., 1848‑51, — San Francisco, Cal., 1851, — Monterey, Cal., 1851, 1852, — San Diego, Cal., 1852‑57, — Ft. Yuma, Cal., 1857‑58, 1858, — Ft. Gaston, Cal., 1859, — and on Mojave Expedition, 1859; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1859; on leave of absence, 1860‑61; and in garrison

(Major, 3d Artillery, May 14, 1861)

at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1861, — and Alcatraz Island, Cal., 1861‑62.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1862‑66: in command of Prisoners of War at Ft. Delaware, Del., June, 1862, to Sep.,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 4th Artillery, July 25, 1863)

(Colonel, 5th Artillery, Aug. 11, 1863)

1863; on detached service, in the District of Monongahela, Pa., Sep., 1863, to Jan. 21, 1864; in command of the Artillery Reserve of the Army of the Potomac, Jan.‑May, 1864; in the Richmond Campaign (Army of the Potomac), as Inspector of Artillery, May‑June, 1864, — and in command of the Artillery of the 18th Army Corps, June‑July, 1864; in command of 5th Artillery, and Inspector of Artillery in Department of the East, headquarters at Ft. Richmond, N. Y., Sep. 7 to Dec. 2, 1864; as Member of Board for Retiring Disabled Officers, at Wilmington, Del., Dec. 2, 1864, to May 15, 1865; in command of 5th Artillery, headquarters

(Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Capture of Petersburg, Va.)

at Ft. Richmond, N. Y., May 15 to Oct. 31, 1865; and as Member of Board for Retiring Disabled Officers, at Wilmington, Del., Oct. 31 to Nov. 27, 1865.

Served: in command of Regiment, headquarters Ft. Monroe, Va., Nov. 27, 1865, to June 10, 1867, — at Columbia, S. C., to Feb. 9, 1868, — at Richmond, Va., to Oct. 22, 1868, — and at Ft. Adams, R. I., Mar. 1 to Apr. 4, 1869; and on Court Martial, New York city, Oct., 1868, to Mar., 1869.

Died, Apr. 4, 1869, at Newport, R. I.: Aged 51.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a He was the son of Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Oliver G. Burton.

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