Henry Howard Whitney
Brigadier General, United States Army
Howard Whitney of Pennsylvania
Appointed from Pennsylvania, Cadet U. S. Military Academy, 16 June 1888 (11)
Additional Second Lieutenant, 4th U. S. Artillery, 11 June 1892
Second Lieutenant, 28 November 1892
Captain, Assist Adjutant General of U. S. Volunteers, 12 May 1898
Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, 12 May 1899
First Lieutenant, 4th U. S. Artillery, 2 March 1899
Artillery Corps, 2 February 1901
Captain, 8 May 1901
Lieutenant Colonel, Assistant Adjutant General to Lieutenant General Miles, 6 June to 8 August 1903.
Whitney’s grave, placed near the Spanish-American war memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, reflects his important role in the successful occupation of Puerto Rico by the U.S. Army in 1898. The epitaph, while noting lifelong service,
stresses this early and important contribution:
Henry Howard Whitney, No. 3640 Class of 1892, died on April 2, 1949 in Madison, New Jersey, at the age of 82. The 32 years of service Brigadier General Henry Howard Whitney gave to the United States Army and his country were repleat with many valorous exploits, one of which led to the successful conquest of a country and saved thousands of lives without endangering that of anyone except his own.
In May 1898, Lieutenant Henry H. Whitney of the Fourth Artillery was sent to the island on a reconnaisance mission, sponsored by the Army's Bureau of Military Intelligence.
The mission was almost a disaster when newspapers
leaked his identity, but he posed as a crew member in the furnace-room
of the merchant ship and evaded detection by a boarding party of Spanish
officers. He provided maps and information on the Spanish military presence
by posing as a British merchant marine officer, and reported that the Spanish
forces were few in number and poorly equipped.
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented
to Henry H. Whitney, Captain , U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in
action in connection with operations on the island of Puerto Rico in May,
1898, under disguise and in the midst of an enemy.
WHITNEY, HENRY H
WHITNEY, ELLEN CLOSSON WID OF WHITNEY, HENRY