Saturday, January 05, 2013

Horace Capron, Massachusetts.

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Capron, Horace. Born at Attleborough, Mass., Aug. 31, 1804. Lieut. Colonel, 14th 111. Cavalry, Dec. 3, 1862. Colonel, Feb. 6, 1863. Engaged in the skirmishes of Celina and Kettle Creek in Apr. and May, 1863. In pursuit of Morgan's raiders from June 22 to Aug. 13, 1863. Present at the battle of Buffington Island, Ohio, July 19, 1863. Engaged in skirmishes at the surrender of Cumber- land Gap, Abingdon, Va., Powder Spring Gap and present at the battles of Blountsville, Tenn., Rhea Town, Walker's Ford, Bean's Station and Mossy Creek, Sept., 1863, to Jan., 1864. In com- mand of troops at Nicholasville, under Maj. General Stoneman, June 26, 1864. Engaged in charge of Capron's Brigade in operations upon the right flank of General Sherman's Army on the Chattahoochee River, skirmishing from July 26, 1864, to Aug 4, 1864. Served under General Slocum in the 20th Army Corps and under General Schofield and Maj. General George H. Thomas in frequent skirmishes and battles from Aug. 21, 1864, to Nov. 23, 1864. Engaged in the battles of Columbia, Nov. 24, and Franklin, Nov. 29, 1864. Disabled in a night charge by the enemy. Honorably discharged for disability, Jan. 23, 1865. Brevet Brig. General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 13, 1865. Died at Washington, D. C, Feb. 23, 1885.

Birth: Aug. 31, 1804 Attleboro Bristol County Massachusetts.
Death: Feb. 22, 1885.

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was called upon to establish and later to lead, an Illinois cavalry regiment. Appointed as Colonel of the 14th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, he was the oldest cavalry officer in the Union Army. Seeing action in a number of battles, he was wounded on August 3, 1864, at Athens, Georgia. Due to his injury he left active service and for merit was brevetted Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers on March 13, 1865. His son, Horace Capron Jr. a Medal of Honor recipient, was killed in action February 6, 1864. After returning to Illinois, he was again called upon by the government in 1867, to serve as Commissioner of Agriculture for the United States Government. In 1871, he resigned from that post to lead a team of experts to assist Japan in agricultural reforms and in opening up the island of Hokkaido to colonization. Leaving Japan in 1875, he returned to Washington D.C. where he continued working on behalf of the Japanese and U.S. agriculture interests until his death.

Parents: Seth Capron (1762 - 1835) Eunice Mann Capron (1767 - 1853)
Spouse: Louisa Victoria Snowden Capron (1811 - 1849)

Children: Nicholas Snowden Capron (1835 - 1836)
Adeline Capron (1837 - 1854)  
Horace Capron (1840 - 1864)
Albert Banfield Capron (1841 - 1901)
Elizabeth Snowden Capron Mayo (1843 - 1880)
Osmond Tiffany Capron (1845 - 1910)

Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery Washington District of Columbia District Of Columbia. Plot: Henry Crescent, Lot 360 East

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