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MAJ Mathias Winston “Wint” Henry

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MAJ Mathias Winston “Wint” Henry

Birth
Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky, USA
Death 28 Nov 1877 (aged 39)
Burial Millwood, Clarke County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 15719623 View Source

Civil War Confederate Officer. Adversity entered into his life at an early age. The youngest of 12 siblings, Henry's father died before he was born, and at the adolescent age of 7, his mother died. Family (a married sister) offered hope, and would nurture him to maturity. The United States Military Academy (West Point) was his opportunity at success, and at the age of 17, Henry entered this institution as a plebe. His years at West Point were a struggle, yet he persevered. After graduating second to last in May 1861, he was commissioned into the United States Army. Henry considered himself a steadfast southerner, and when the American Civil War came, he resigned from the Old Army in August 1861 to cast his lot with the Southern Confederacy. His subsequent Confederate service was illustrious. As a 2nd Lieutenant, he was assigned to Jeb Stuart's cavalry which was followed by further duty in Stuart's Horse Artillery under a fellow West Point classmate, John Pelham. The "Gallant Pelham" won fame at Fredericksburg which Henry greatly contributed to. He was promoted to Major in early 1863, and would later be transferred west to serve John Bell Hood as Chief of Artillery. Major Henry served through the Atlanta Campaign and the subsequent Carolina's Campaigns. His service all but ended at Salisbury, North Carolina on April 12, 1865. That day Henry was captured and made a prisoner-of-war. At Johnson's Island, Ohio, an Oath of Allegiance was offered him on July 25, 1865 which he accepted. In the years that followed the Civil War, the former military officer relocated in Nevada where in time he became a skilled mining engineer. Paralysis ended his young life on his 39th birthday.


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