{⋆★⋆} MG Heth, Henry

Henry “Harry” Heth

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December 16, 1825

Birthplace: Black Heath, Virginia

Father: Captain John Heth 1798 – 1848

Mother: Margaret L. Pickett 1801 – 1850

Wife: Harriett Clay Selden 1834 – 1908
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​


Nannie Randolph Heth 1861 – 1912​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​


1847: Graduate from West Point Military Academy – (38th in class)​


1847: Brevet 2nd Lt. United States Army, 1st Infantry Regiment
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1847 – 1853: 2nd Lt. United States Army, 6th Infantry Regiment​
1853 – 1855: 1st Lt. United States Army, 6th Infantry Regiment​
1855 – 1861: Captain United States Army, 10th Infantry Regiment​
1861: Resigned from United States Army on April 25th

Civil War Career:

1861: Lt. Colonel & Quartermaster Virginia Provisional Army​
1861: Spent a majority of the year in Kanawha Valley, Virginia​
1862 – 1863: Brigadier General in the Confederate Army Infantry​
Commanded a Division in Confederate Department of East Tennessee​
1863: Participated in the Battle of Chancellorsville​
1863 – 1865: Major General of Confederate Army Infantry​
1863: Wounded during the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania​
1864: Division Commander during the Overland Campaign
1864: Division Commander during the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia​
1865: Led his Division in the retreat to Appomattox, Virginia​
1865: Surrendered with General Lee at Appomattox Court House, VA​

Occupation after War:

Insurance Businessman in Richmond, Virginia​
Surveyor for United States Office of Indian Affairs​

Died: September 27, 1899

Place of Death: Washington, D.C.

Cause of Death: Bright's Disease

Age at time of Death: 73 years old

Burial Place: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
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nc native

Aug 30, 2011
NC Piedmont
Harry Heth was a cousin of George E. Pickett on his mother's side of the family. Finishng near the bottom of their graduating classes at West Point must run in the family I guess. Events on day one at Gettysburg may have turned out differently had Heth not been knocked silly by a spent bullet while directing his troops and effectively taken out of the battle.
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