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Henry Heth

Date of Birth:      December 16, 1825
Hometown:         Chesterfield County, VA
Education:           West Point, 1847
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     September 27, 1899
Place of Death:    Washington, DC
Buried At:           Richmond, VA

Major Battles:        Kirby's 1862 Kentucky Campaign, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Overland Campaign, Siege of Petersburg, Appomattox Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    Heth, an 1847 graduate, of West Point, was a native Virginian.  At West Point, he would graduate at the bottom of his class.  It has been said, that Heth was the only officer, which R.E. Lee would address, by his given name.  After the start of hostilities, he would become colonel, of the 45th Virginia Infantry.  In January, 1862, he would be promoted to brigadier general.  After being part of Kirby Smith's 1862 Kentucky Campaign, Heth would be assigned to the Army of Northern Virginia, in early 1863.  He would remain with R.E. Lee's army for the remainder of the war.  At Gettysburg, his division would initiate the battle, against John Buford's dismounted cavalry - an action that R.E. Lee had urged they avoid - but which A.P. Hill had knowledge.  This was the famed shoe raid, at Gettysburg, where Heth's troops were attempting to enter Gettysburg, for a stash of shoes.  He would suffer a severe injury during the battle here, but he would survive to participate in the rest of the battles of the Army of Northern Virginia.

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