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Closson, Henry Whitney


Age: 0, credited to Whitingham, VT
Unit(s): 1st US ARTY, 4th US ARTY, 5th US ARTY
Service: USMA 54; 2LT, 1st US ARTY, 54, 1LT 1st US ARTY, 56, CPT, 61, Bvt MAJ 7/8/63, and Bvt LTC 8/23/64, for gallantry at Port Hudson, Miss., and in the capture of Fort Morgan, Ala., MAJ, 5th US ARTY, 76, LTC, 83, COL 4th US ARTY, 88; pr BGen, ret. 1904 [College: USMA 54]

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Birth: 06/06/1832, Whitingham, VT
Death: 07/15/1917

Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Marker/Plot: 03/1916
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery
Findagrave Memorial #: 24165861


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: MOLLUS
College?: USMA 54
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Brig. Gen. Henry Whitney Closson, U. S. A., retired, a civil war veteran and Indian fighter, died yesterday at his residence, 1359 Columbia road. Funeral services are to be held tomorrow morning, with burial in Arlington national cemetery

Gen. Closson was born in Whitingham, Vt., June 6, 1832. He was graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1854. He was made second lieutenant, 1st Artillery, July 1, 1854; first lieutenant, October 1, 1856; captain, May 14, 1861; major, 5th Artillery, November 1, 1876; lieutenant colonel, September 14, 1883; colonel, 4th Artillery, April 25, 1888; retired, June 6, 1896; advanced to rank of brigadier general, retired, April 23, 1904.

Gen. Closson was brevetted major July 8, 1863, for services at the capture of Port Hudson, La., and lieutenant colonel August 23, 1864, for services at the capture of Fort Morgan, Ala. He served on the frontier against Indians in Texas and Florida until 1861; in defense of Fort Pickens, 1861-2; chief, artillery district of Pensacola, F.a., May-December, 1862; commanding Baton Rouge, La., to March, 1863; on Teche campaign, commanding artillery of Gen. Grover's division, 19th Army Corps, March-August, 1863; chief artillery, 19th Army Corps, October-July 1863, July, 1864; chief, artillery, MObile expedition, engaged in sieges of Forts Gaines and Morgan.

He is survived by a son, Henry B. Closson of New York, and three daughters, Miss Olivia T. Closson of this city, Mrs. W. L. Kenly, wife of Col. W. L. Kenly, 7th Field Artillery, and Mrs. H. H. Whitney, wife of Col. H. H. Whitney, Artillery Corps.

Source: Evening Star (Washington, DC), 16 Jul 1917.

Contributed by Tom Boudreau.

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