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Maj. Gen. Henry Jackson Hunt




Born: September 14, 1819

Detroit, Michigan

Died: February 11, 1889

Washington, D.C.


1839: West Point Graduate


1839: Brevet 2nd Lieutenant


August 19, 1847: Brevet to Captain


September 13, 1847: Brevet to Major


1852: Permanent promotion to Captain


1861: Permanent promotion to Major


September 15, 1862: Brig. Gen.

Maj. Gen. Henry Jackson Hunt

by Mathew Brady or Levin C. Hardy

1839: West Point Graduate - 19th of 31 - Brevet 2nd Lieutenant

1846-1848: Mexican/American War

August 19, 1847: Battle of Contreras - Received Brevet promotion to Captain

August 20, 1847: Battle of Churubusco

September 13, 1847: Battle of Chapultepec - Received Brevet promotion to Major

1852: Permanent promotion to Captain

October 5, 1856: Commanded Company M, 2nd U.S. Artillery from Fort Leavenworth to protect polls at Eaton, Kansas during territorial legislature elections

1856: Member of a 3 member board that revised the field artillery drill and tactics for the army. Instructions for Field Artillery was published in 1861 and was the "Bible" of Northern field artillerists

1857: Utah War against the Mormons

1861: Permanent promotion to Major

July 21, 1861: Battle of Bull Run - his four gun battery covered the retreat of the Union forces

Became Chief of Artillery in the Department of Northeast Virginia, which defended the capital

March-July 1862: Peninsula Campaign

July 1, 1862: Battle of Malvern Hill - his 250 guns repelled repeated Confederacy infantry assaults

September 14, 1862: Battle of South Mountain

September 15, 1862: Promoted to Brigadier General of Volunteers and McClellan assigned him as Chief of Artillery in Army of the Potomac

September 17, 1862: Battle of Antietam - Deployed Artillery Reserve to great effect

December 13, 1862: Battle of Fredericksburg - his gun emplacements on Stafford Heights effectively eliminated any possibility that Gen. Lee could counterattack the Union forces

May 1-4, 1863: Battle of Chancellorsville - fell out favor with army commander Gen. Hooker and was reassigned to the administrative staff - Hooker restored him after three days of battle, but was too late to affect the outcome

July 1-3, 1863: Battle of Gettysburg

July 3, 1863: Artillery was conspicuous in the repulse of Pickett's charge

June 1864 - April 1865: Siege of Petersburg

Brevet Major General of Volunteers and Regular Army

1866: Colonel 5th U.S. Artillery

May 20, 1869-Novemer 10, 1875: Commanding officer of Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island

1883: Retired from the Army

Boatner, Mark M. III. The Civil War Dictionary. New York: David McKay, 1967. p 418

Henry Jackson Hunt. 1 June 2020. web. 23 July 2020.

Warner, Ezra J. Generals in Blue Lives of the Union Commanders. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State, 1964. 242-243

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