Henry Capehart
Major General, United States Army
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Henry Capehart of Pennsylvania
Appointed from West Virginia, Surgeon, 1st West Virginia Cavalry, 6 September 1861
Colonel, 22 February 1864
Breveted Brigadier General, U. S. Volunteers, 13 March 1865, for gallant and distinguihed service
Breveted Major General, U. S. Volunteers, 17 June 1865, for gallant and meritorious service in the war
Honorably mustered out 8 July 1865
Awarded a Medal of Honor, 12 February 1895, for having saved, under fire, the life of a drowning soldier at Greenbriar River, Virginia, 22 May 1864
Died 15 April 1895

Henry Capehart PHOTO
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Born on March 18, 1825, he earned the Medal of Honor while serving as Colonel, 1st West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry at Greenbrier River, West Virginia on May 22, 1864. The Medal was actually issued on February 12, 1895.

He was commissioned as Surgeon, 1st West Virginia Cavalry, September 6, 1861, Colonel, February 22, 1864 and mustered out of the volunteer service in July 1865. The Medal was issued for saving a drowning soldier under fire.

He died on April 12, 1895 and was buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Elizabeth Kingsley Capehart (March 8, 1829-March 7, 1908), lies with him.

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CAPEHART, HENRY
PVT/MAJ/GEN US VOLS CW
DATE OF DEATH: 04/15/1895
BURIED AT: SECTION W/SID  SITE L 140/P
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

CAPEHART, ELIZABETH K W/O HENRY
DATE OF DEATH: 03/07/1908
BURIED AT: SECTION W DIV  SITE LOT 140
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
  WIFE OF HENRY CAPEHART, GENL US VOL


CAPEHART, HENRY

Rank and organization: Colonel, 1st West Virginia Cavalry. Place and date: At Greenbrier River, West Virginia, 22 May 1864. Entered service at: Bridgeport, Ohio. Born: 18 March 1825, Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania. Date of issue: 12 February 1895.

Citation: Saved, under fire, the life of a drowning soldier.




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Henry Capehart Gravesite PHOTO October 2007
Photo By: M. R. Patterson, October 2007

Henry Capehart Gravesite PHOTO June 2003
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003