Henry Ware Lawton

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Henry Ware Lawton

Death 19 Dec 1899 (aged 56)
San Mateo, Rizal Province, CALABARZON, Philippines
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 2, Grave 841
Memorial ID 6052434 · View Source
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Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, United States Army General. Born in Manhattan, Ohio, he attended the Methodist Episcopal College, Fort Wayne, Indiana from 1854 to 1861. Enlisting as a Private in the 9th Indiana Volunteer Infantry on April 18, 1861, he was quickly promoted to 1st Lieutenant and transferred to the 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.

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