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Henry Van Ness Boynton


Born: July 22, 1835 (Possible mismatch, sometimes reported as June 22)

Birthplace: West Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Father: Charles Brandon Boynton 1806–1883

Mother: Marie Van Buskirk Boynton 1806–1880

Wife: Helen Augusta Mason 1841–1922

Married: 1871


1854: Graduated from Woodward College, in Cincinnati, Ohio​
1859: Graduated from Kentucky Military Institute​

Civil War Events:

1861: In July he was commissioned as a Major for the 35th Ohio Infantry
1863: Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, 35th Ohio Infantry.​
1863: On November 25, Led regiment in the face of a severe fire at Missionary Ridge, Tennessee; was severely wounded.
1865: Brevetted Brig. General, U.S. Volunteers on March 13, for "good conduct at the Battles of Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge", resigning from service due to his wounds, shortly there after.​

Took up work as a Newspaper man in Washington, DC​
Postbellum Events
1865-1892: Appointed to work as the Chief Washington Correspondent for "The Cincinnati Gazette" and the Western Republican Press Association.​
Chairman of the Chickamauga - Chattanooga National Military Park.​
1893: Presented Medal of Honor on November 15.​
1898: On June 17, he was returned to active military service by President McKinley, and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. He was assigned domestic work, serving the Hospital Service for the Spanish–American War.​
1899: Discharged from active duty in April.​

Died: June 3, 1905

Place of Death: Atlantic City, New Jersey

Age at Death: 69 years old

Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Section 2, Lot 1096


Medal of Honor Citation​
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Colonel Henry Van Ness Boynton, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 25 November 1863, while serving with 35th Ohio Infantry, in action at Missionary Ridge, Tennessee. Lieutenant Colonel Boynton led his regiment in the face of a severe fire of the enemy; was severely wounded.​
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