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Henry V Boynton

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Awards  Medal of Honor
Name  Henry Boynton
Commands held  35th Ohio Infantry
Rank  Brigadier General

Henry V. Boynton
Born  June 22, 1835 West Stockbridge, Massachusetts (1835-06-22)
Battles/wars  American Civil War *Battle of Chickamauga *Battle of Missionary Ridge Spanish–American War
Died  June 3, 1905, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Education  Kentucky Military Institute
Place of burial  Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, United States
Service/branch  United States Army, Union Army
Allegiance  United States of America, Union

Years of service  1861–1864, 1898–1899

Henry Van Ness Boynton (June 22, 1835 – June 3, 1905) was a Union Army officer during the American Civil War and a recipient of America's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Missionary Ridge. Returning to duty in 1898 during the Spanish–American War, Boynton was promoted to brigadier general.


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Early life

Boynton was born in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts but was raised in Ohio where he graduated in 1854 from Woodward College, in Cincinnati, and subsequently from the Kentucky Military Institute in 1859. While there, he joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Civil War

From July 1861 until September 1864, Boynton served as a commissioned officer in the 35th Ohio Infantry. He was elected as the regiment's first major, but quickly rose up the ranks to become the commanding officer of the regiment and was promoted to lieutenant colonel. He led the 35th in the Battle of Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, where he earned the Medal of Honor for his actions on November 25, 1863.

After the war

After the war he resumed civilian life. He married Helen Augusta Mason in 1871 and became a newspaper correspondent in Washington, D.C. Boynton also became the chairman of the committee that oversaw the development of the Chattanooga National Military Park. In June 1898, he returned to active military service as a brigadier general during the Spanish–American War. He was discharged in April 1899.

Boynton died in 1905 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His funeral service on June 3, was attended by President Theodore Roosevelt and a delegation representing his old comrades in the Army of the Cumberland. He was buried on June 7, 1905, at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia Plot: Section 2, Lot 1096.

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and Organization:

Lieutenant Colonel, 35th Ohio Infantry.

Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25, 1863. Entered service at: Ohio. Born: July 22, 1835, West Stockbridge, Mass. Date of issue: November 15, 1893.


Led his regiment in the face of a severe fire of the enemy; was severely wounded.


Henry V. Boynton Wikipedia

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