Henry Capehart – Major General, United States Army

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

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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.


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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