Perhaps best known for his death at 26 while leading his 11th CT at the lower bridge at Antietam, in July 1861 Henry Walter Kingsbury was an aide to Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell. Keep in mind that there were two West Point classes of 1861, the first of which graduated after five years, the second after four.
Thanks to Brian Downey for sending me a link to an article on Kingsbury in Military Images magazine. Go here to read it. Various cool tidbits in there. After Kingsbury’s father’s death in 1856, Simon Buckner and Ambrose Burnside became young Henry’s legal guardians. Henry’s command was part of Burnside’s 9th Corps at Antietam, and the General visited him at his deathbed. Also Confederate general David R. “Neighbor” Jones was Henry’s brother-in-law (I need to check out these in-law connections a little more). After Antietam Jones developed a serious heart condition from which he never recovered, and he died on January 15, 1863. Some have said his illness was brought on by distress caused by the knowledge that it was against his own division Kingsbury was fighting when he received his wounds. Jones commanded a brigade in Beauregard’s army at Bull Run.
This article was originally published on 3/21/2007, as part of the Henry Walter Kingsbury biographical sketch.