Arthur H. Dutton
Colonel, United States Army
Corps, United States Army.
On the 25th of May, Colonel Dutton, commanding the brigade, received orders to reconnoiter the left of the enemy’s position, and designated the 21st as the regiment for the work, but night coming on he returned the regiment to its camp. On the day following, the 26th, Colonel Dutton, with the brigade, again moved, with
orders to push the reconnaissance until stopped by the enemy. After an advance of nearly two miles the enemy was found strongly entrenched. Line of battle was at once formed, but as the skirmishers were becoming engaged, Colonel Dutton, who was then, as usual, on the skirmish line, was mortally wounded. The command devolved upon Lieut.-Colonel Burpee, who was finally obliged to withdraw his command.
Major Crosby, in his report, speaks of the
death of Colonel Dutton as follows: Colonel Dutton dies from the effects
of his wounds June 5th. He graduated at West Point in 1861, Kilpatrick,
Custar, O’Rourke, Benjamin, and Farquhar being among his classmates. “Bold
and chivalrous, with a nice sense of honor, a judgment quick and decisive,
an unwavering zeal in his chosen profession, he was in every respect a
thorough soldier. By his companions in arms he will never be forgotten,
and to them his last resting place will be as a shrine commemorating the
friendships which not the rude shock of war, nor lapse of time, can blight
Updated: 18 August 2001 Updated: 7 October 2002 Updated: 5 March 2003 Updated: 13 July 2003 Updated: 8 April 2005
Photos By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003