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Henry Ware Lawton
Birth: Mar. 17, 1843
Lucas County, USA
Death: Dec. 19, 1899, Philippines

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, United States Army General. Born in Manhattan, Ohio, the son of George Lawton and Catherine Daley Lawton. Attended the Methodist Episcopal College, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1854-1861. Enlisted as a Private, 9th Indiana Infantry, on April 18, 1861, was quickly promoted to 1st Lieutenant, 30th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Promoted up the ranks to Colonel by the end of the Civil War. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery during the August 3, 1864 Battle of Atlanta while serving as Captain and commander of Company A, 30th Indiana. His citation reads "Led a charge of skirmishers against the enemy's rifle pits and stubbornly and successfully resisted 2 determined attacks of the enemy to retake the works". His Medal was awarded to him on May 22, 1893. In the Indian Campaign of 1886, he received the surrender of Geronimo for General Nelson A. Miles. When the Spanish American War broke out, he was promoted to Major General, commanded the 2nd Infantry Division to Cuba, and distinguished himself at El Caney, Cuba. He became good friends with Theodore Roosevelt of the Rough Riders during his service in Cuba, and was marked for higher leadership. In December 1898, he was posted to the Philippines, where he was second in overall command there. An active field commander, he believed in leading from the front, and often personally led the soldiers in their assaults. He was killed at San Mateo, Luzon, while leading three regiments in a direct assault upon the town. In 1881, he had married the former Mary Craig of Louisville, Kentucky, and had four children: 3 daughters and a son. 
 
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 Children:
  Manley C Lawton (1887 - 1960)*
  Catherine M. Lawton (1890 - 1923)*
  Louise Lawton Bagby (1892 - 1961)*
 
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Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 2, grave 841
 
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Originally Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
Record added: Dec 28, 2001
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Henry Ware Lawton
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Henry Ware Lawton
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Henry Ware Lawton
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Fort Wayne, IN remembers your many sacrifices for our country. On the battlefield, you saved the life of fellow soldier and friend, William E. Edsall. For this and and many other heroic deeds, you are remembered this day. May you rest in peace, Gen. Law...(Read more)
- OPPSheryl
 Added: Sep. 24, 2014
Sir, Thank You sir for your service, this is coming from the 5 Miller brothers who also proudly served Our Country.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: May. 19, 2014

- BIRDMAN
 Added: Mar. 17, 2014
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