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J. Henton

J. Henton

Federal (USA)


James Henton

(1835 - 1895)

Home State: Missouri

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 14th United States Infantry, First Battalion

Before Antietam

Giving his age as 21, and occupation as clerk, he enlisted in St. Louis as a Private in Company D, 6th United States Infantry on 22 November 1853, and rose through the ranks to be First Sergeant by the end of his enlistment in November 1858 Benicia, CA. He reenlisted on 14 May 1860 in Newport, KY in Company A of the 2nd Battalion, 14th US Infantry and was Company First Sergeant by October 1861. He was at Camp Stone near Perryville, MD when he was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 14th US Infantry on 5 October 1861. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 19 February 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with Company A, First Battalion, 14th US Infantry on the Maryland Campaign of 1862.

The rest of the War

He was honored by brevet to Captain for his actions at Gettysburg, PA in July 1863.

After the War

He continued in the Army, was promoted to Captain on 4 November 1865 and transferred (reorganized) into the 23rd US Infantry on 21 September 1866. He was promoted again, to Major on 31 January 1891 and Lieutenant Colonel on 13 August 1894. He died "very suddenly," still on duty, in 1895 at Fort Ringgold, TX at about age 60.

References & notes

His service from the Registers 1 and Heitman.2 His role at Antietam from Captain Brown's after-action Report. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a group photograph of officers of the 14th US Infantry in camp near Alexandria, VA in March 1862.

He married Helen Augusta Crook (1844-1925) and they had 2 children, born in 1868 and 1872.


1835; Liverpool, ENGLAND


07/05/1895; Fort Ringgold, TX; burial in San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, CA


1   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 049, pg. 89; V. 55, p. 161  [AotW citation 29174]

2   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. 525  [AotW citation 29175]