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J. Newton

J. Newton

Federal (USA)

Brigadier General

John Newton

(1822 - 1895)

Home State: New York

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1842;Class Rank: 2nd

Command Billet: Brigade Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, VI Corps


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

He graduated 2nd in his class from the USMA in 1842, was on engineering duty, an instructor at West Point, and was on the Utah expedition. In August 1861 he was a Major (USA) and in September was appointed BGen. of Volunteers serving in the defenses of Washington. He commanded the 3rd Brigade/1st Division/VI Corps in the Seven Days.

On the Campaign

He led the 3rd Brigade/First Division of the Sixth (VI) Corps.

The rest of the War

He commanded the 1st Division/VI Corps at Fredericksburg, and in March 1863 was promoted MGen. of Volunteers, with further service at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. His MGen appointment was revoked in April 1864, and he was reappointed BGen. He then commanded the 2nd Division/IV Corps in the Atlanta campaign, and the District of West Florida.

After the War

He continued his career Army service, was chief of engineers, and retired in 1886 as Brigadier General, Regular Army. He was then commissioner of public works for New York City and president of the Panama Railroad until his death in 1895.

References & notes

Source: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903.


8/22/1822; Norfolk, VA


5/1/1895 New York, NY; burial in USMA Cemetery, West Point , NY