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Lieut Austin Henley
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Birth: unknown, Ireland
Death: Jul. 11, 1878
Cochise County
Arizona, USA

Lt Henley graduated from West Point on June 14, 1872. After graduation he was assigned as a second lieutenant with the 6th US Cavalry at Ft Hays Kansas. On April 23, 1875, Henley, in command of Company H, participated in an attack on a Cheyenne camp at the middle fork of Sappa Creek in Kansas. Following the attack, Henley & his men were hailed as heroes and eight soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor. In later years rumors surfaced that it was a massacre & not a battle. On November 15, 1876, while stationed at Ft Bowie Arizona Territory, he was promoted to 1st Lt. On July 11, 1878, he was accompanying Lt John Rucker with a small detail in White River Canyon, when a heavy storm struck. The storm flooded a stream they needed to cross. While attempting to cross the stream, Henely & Rucker's horses collided. They were knocked from their horses & fell. The strong current pulled them under & they both drowned. Henley & Rucker were first buried at the Ft Bowie post cemetery. After Bowie was closed, all post burials were removed in 1895. Henley was re-buried in San Francisco. Rucker was buried at Arlington. 
 
Burial:
San Francisco National Cemetery
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Plot: Section OS Row 62 Site 5
 
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Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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Lieut Austin Henley
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