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Henry Capehart
Birth: Mar. 18, 1825
Johnstown (Union County)
Union County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 15, 1895
Fargo
Cass County
North Dakota, USA

Civil War Union Brevet Major General, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Enlisted at the start of the Civil War as the Chief Surgeon of the 1st West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry, serving in that capacity for 2 1/2 years, until he was promoted to Colonel and commander of the regiment in March 1864, after the resignation of Colonel Nathan Richmond. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Greenbrier River, West Virginia on May 22, 1864. His citation reads simply "Saved, under fire, the life of a drowning soldier". The man he saved, Private Watson Karr of Company B, had been swept under the waves while the regiment was fording the River under the fire of Confederate sharpshooters. Colonel Capehart dove deeply twice to retrieve the foundering soldier, and had brought him across to the other side of the river while dodging Rebel bullets. His Medal was awarded to him on February 12, 1895. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "gallant and distinguished services" and Major General, US Volunteers on June 17, 1865 for "gallant and meritorious services". He was one of fourteen 1st West Virginia Cavalry soldiers to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the Civil War (the others being Private James F. Adams, Corporal Thomas Anderson, Lieutenant Wilmon W. Blackmar, Captain Hugh P. Boon, Sergeant Richard Boury, Major Charles E. Capehart, 1st Sergeant Francis M. Cunningham, Commissary Sergeant William Houlton, Private Archibald Rowand, Chief Bugler Charles Schorn, Corporal Emisire Shahan, Sergeant Levi Shoemaker, and Private Daniel A. Woods). His younger brother was Lt. Colonel Charles E. Capehart, who commanded the 1st West Virginia Cavalry for a time, and was also awarded the CMOH. Both men are interred in Arlington National Cemetery. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 1 Lot 140
 
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Record added: Feb 08, 2002
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-Anonymous
 Added: May. 25, 2014
May GOD Bless you Col. Henry Capehart, CMOH as you have blessed us kin all so very well!
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie
 Added: Mar. 10, 2014

-Anonymous
 Added: Feb. 8, 2014
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