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Henry Van Ness Boynton
[[Image:Henry V. Boynton|center|200px|border]]Boynton in the 1870s
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Born: June 22, 1835(1835-06-22)
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Died: June 3, 1905 (aged 69)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Army
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Rank: Brigadier General
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Commands: 35th Ohio Infantry
Battles: American Civil War
*Battle of Chickamauga
*Battle of Missionary Ridge
Awards: Medal of Honor
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Henry Van Ness Boynton (June 22, 1835 – June 3, 1905) was a Union Army officer during the American Civil War and a recipient of America's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions at the Battle of Missionary Ridge. Returning to duty in 1898 during the Spanish-American War, Boynton was promoted to brigadier general.

Early life[]

Boynton was born in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts but was raised in Ohio where he graduated in 1854 from Woodward College, in Cincinnati, and subsequently from the Kentucky Military Institute in 1859. While there, he joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Civil War[]

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Boynton's former residence, located in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

From the onset of the Civil War to its conclusion, Boynton served as a commissioned officer in the 35th Ohio Infantry. He was elected as the regiment's first major, but quickly rose up the ranks to become the commanding officer of the regiment and was promoted to lieutenant colonel. He led the 35th in the Battle of Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, where he earned the Medal of Honor for his actions on November 25, 1863.

After the war[]

After the war he resumed civilian life. He married Helen Augusta Mason in 1871 and became a newspaper correspondent in Washington, D.C. Boynton also became the chairman of the committee that oversaw the development of the Chattanooga National Military Park. In 1898, he returned to active military service as a brigadier general during the Spanish-American War.

Boynton died in 1905 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[1] His funeral service on June 3, was attended by President Theodore Roosevelt and a delegation representing his old comrades in the Army of the Cumberland.[2] He was buried on June 7, 1905, at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia Plot: Section 2, Lot 1096.[3]

Medal of Honor citation[]

Rank and Organization:

Lieutenant Colonel, 35th Ohio Infantry.

Place and date: At Missionary Ridge, Tenn., November 25, 1863. Entered service at: Ohio. Born: July 22, 1835, West Stockbridge, Mass. Date of issue: November 15, 1893.


Led his regiment in the face of a severe fire of the enemy; was severely wounded.[4][5]

See also[]

  • List of Medal of Honor recipients
  • List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: A–F