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Federal (USA)


David Hunter Kinzie

(1841 - 1904)

Home State: Kansas

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY

Command Billet: Battery Officer

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 5th United States Artillery, Battery K

Before Antietam

He was at the US Military Academy at West Point from 1 July 1859 to 6 February 1861, when he left West Point and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, 5th US Artillery to date from 14 May 1861. He was brevetted First Lieutenant (30 Jun 62) for action at White Oak Swamp, VA. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 30 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was honored by his second brevet, to Captain (17 Sep 62), for service at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He commanded Battery K at Fredericksburg, VA in December, Chancellorsville in May 1863, Gettysburg in July, and at least through the rest of 1863, when the Battery was in the Department of the Cumberland. He received his third brevet, to Major (13 Mar 65) for his War service.

After the War

He continued in the Regular Army service and was promoted to Captain on 12 April 1871. He had been offered a Captaincy in the 39th US Infantry in July 1866, but declined it. He was appointed Major of the First US Artillery on 25 October 1894, and transferred back to the 5th Artillery at that rank on 22 December 1894. He transferred to the 3rd Artillery on 5 October 1896. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, First Artillery on 23 February 1899, and of the Artillery Corps on 2 February 1901. He was made Colonel on 1 July 1901. He was appointed Brigadier General, USA, on 10 August 1903 and was retired at his own request, after 40 years of service, the next day.

References & notes

Service data from Heitman1, the OR2, and various editions of the Official Army Register. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

Battery Kinzie, Fort Worden, Jefferson County, Washington on Puget Sound was named for him in 1909. It operated from 1912 to 1944. [fort wiki page]


01/23/1841; Chicago, IL


07/05/1904 Atlanta, GA; burial in Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, GA


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 602  [AotW citation 14686]

2   US War Department, The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (OR), 128 vols., Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1880-1901  [AotW citation 14687]