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Philip Kearny
Birth: Jun. 2, 1815
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 1, 1862
Chantilly
Fairfax County
Virginia, USA

Civil War Union Army Major General. He had the most combat experience of any General of either side at the start of the Civil War, losing his arm in the Mexican War and commanded French troops in the Italian War. He took command of the First New Jersey Brigade, and trained it to be an outstanding fighting force. He commanded a division in the Peninsular Campaign and the Second Battle of Bull Run. He was responsible for the Union Army Corps identification markers, and a medal awarded in his honor, The Kearny Patch, became the inspiration for the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was killed in the Battle of Chantilly on September 1, 1862 when he inadvertently rode into Confederate lines, and was shot as he turned away. His body was forwarded to the Union line by Robert E. Lee under a flag of truce, and his death was lamented by commanders on both sides. His body lay in an unmarked vault in Manhattan's Trinity Churchyard until 1912, when the efforts of CMOH recipient Charles Hopkins (who had served under General Kearny in the First Jersey Brigade) secured his re-burial with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. Today his grave is marked by one of the only two equestrian statues in the Cemetery. 
 
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 Parents:
  Philip Kearny (1780 - 1849)
  Susan Watts Kearny (1795 - 1823)
 
 Spouses:
  Diana Moore Bullitt Kearny (1819 - 1906)*
  Agnes Maxwell Upshur (1833 - 1917)*
 
 Children:
  Susan Watts Kearny (1842 - 1843)*
  Diana Kearny Powell (1844 - 1904)*
  John Watts Kearny (1845 - 1933)*
  Susan Watts Kearny Selfridge (1856 - ____)*
  Archibald Kennedy Kearny (1858 - 1862)*
  Virginia DeLancey Kearny Hunt (1861 - 1897)*
 
 Siblings:
  Philip Kearny (1815 - 1862)
  Susan Watts Kearny Macomb (1818 - 1852)*
  Jane Justina Kearny (1820 - 1821)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 2, Site S-8
GPS (lat/lon): 38.87947, -77.07428
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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I understand the round that killed you went through your rear quarter and severed your spine as you tried to spur away from the enemy line during a blinding thunderstorm. Thank you for your service to our country, General during our American Civil War. ...(Read more)
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Jun. 2, 2016

- NDL3
 Added: Mar. 4, 2016
Rest in peace, General. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. God bless you for your gallant stand in defense of our Union against those who would have destroyed it. I strongly regret your loss so early in the war as you were an outstanding officer.
- Sharon
 Added: Sep. 3, 2015
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