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Pretty funny bit on The Daily Show about how some folks plan to “celebrate” the Sesquicentennial. I can’t figure out how to embed this video, so I’ll just link to Kevin’s blog which is where I saw it first. Funny stuff on many levels, but there’s a funny Bull Run tie-in too.
At the beginning of the bit are clips of a Sons of Confederate Veterans promo. Notice that as the words “men and women of the south” went off to fight for liberty against overwhelming odds (or words to that effect, but definitely the part in quotes) are spoken a photograph of a West Point cadet is shown. This cadet is undoubtedly Henry Walter Kingsbury (left), who served on the staff of Irvin McDowell at First Bull Run and was mortally wounded at the head of the 11th Connecticut a little over a year later at Antietam. So much for setting the record straight.
Read more on Kingsbury here, here and here.
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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.
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New e-quaintance Scott Hann, collector extraordinaire of Antietam officer images, graciously granted permission to publish the below carte-de-visites (CDVs) of McDowell aide Henry Walter Kingsbury. On the left is Kingsbury as 1st LT with the 5th US Artillery. Center is a previously unpublished photo of cadet Kingsbury, made in his home state of Connecticut as seen on the obverse on the right. Click on the thumbs for the full size image.
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Henry Walter Kingsbury: born Chicago, IL 5/25/36; resided Washington, DC; son of Maj. J.J.B. Kingsbury, 3rd US Infantry; son-in-law of BG Joseph P. Taylor; brother-in-law of CSA Lt. Gen. Simon B. Buckner; brother-in-law of Bvt. BG John McLean Taylor; his widow married Bvt. BG Albert G. Lawrence; West Point Class of 1861 (4th of 45) 5 year program; Bvt 2nd Lt and 2nd Lt ordnance 5/6/61; 1st Lt 5th US Arty 5/14/61; Acting ADC, Staff of BG & MG Irvin McDowell, 6/8/61 to 12/13/61; Colonel, 11th CTVI, 4/25/62; MW (GSW leg, foot, shoulder, abdomen) at Antietam, 9/17/62; died 9/18/62, Henry Rohrbach Farm, Sharpsburg, MD; buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC (Lot 640) with cenotaph in Congressional Church Cemetery, Hamburg, CT. Sources: Cullum, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, Vol. II, pp 771-772; Heitman, Historical Register and Dictionary of the U. S. Army, Vol. I, p 601; Hunt, Colonels in Blue – The New England States, p 30.
Click on thumbnails below for larger view.
Photo credits: a, b, c – Hunt, Colonels in Blue: The New England States; d – findagrave.com; e – detail of 11th CT monument at Antietam, author’s collection