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 Henry Boyd McKeen

Henry Boyd McKeen

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 3 Jun 1864 (aged 28)
Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section D, Lot 2
Memorial ID 19561 · View Source
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Civil War Union Army Officer. Served as Colonel and commander of the 81st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville while leading his regiment. At the Battle of Gettysburg, he led his regiment in action in the Wheatfield and Rose Woods on the second day of Battle. When his brigade commander, Col. Edward Cross of the 5th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, was mortally wounded in the Rose Woods, he assumed command of the brigade, which he commanded through the rest of the Battle. He remained in command of the brigade (which was the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, II Corps, Army of the Potomac) though the Mine Run Campaign, and the Battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor. At Cold Harbor, he led his brigade in the fruitless and bloody Union frontal assault on impregnable Confederate positions, and was killed at the head of his command. Today his name is inscribed on the 81st Pennsylvania Monument in the Wheatfield, and on the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, II Corps Marker on Ayres Avenue in the Rose Grove in the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Added: 18 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19561
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Boyd McKeen (18 Sep 1835–3 Jun 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19561, citing Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .