Henry Clark Corbin

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Henry Clark Corbin
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Henry C. Corbin
Born (1842-09-15)September 15, 1842
Monroe Township, Ohio
Died September 8, 1909(1909-09-08) (aged 66)
Washington, D.C.
Place of Burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States United States of America
Union
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1862–1906
Rank Union army lt gen rank insignia.jpg Lieutenant General
Commands held Adjutant General of the U.S. Army
Battles/wars

American Civil War

Indian Wars
Spanish-American War

Henry Clark Corbin (September 15, 1842 – September 8, 1909) was an officer in the United States Army who served as Adjutant General of the U.S. Army from 1898 to 1904.

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He was born in Monroe Township, Ohio, and was teaching school and studying law when the American Civil War broke out. Corbin volunteered as a second lieutenant in the 83rd Ohio Infantry in July 1862 and transferred to the 79th Ohio Infantry the next month. In November 1863 he was commissioned a major in the 14th Infantry Regiment of United States Colored Troops. He eventually rose to be lieutenant colonel and colonel of this regiment, and participated in the Battle of Decatur and Battle of Nashville. He was mustered out in March 1866.

In May 1866 he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 17th Infantry of the Regular Army. He was promoted to captain in the 38th Infantry, a Buffalo Soldier regiment, in July 1866. The 38th Infantry was consolidated with the 41st Infantry to form the 24th Infantry in November 1869.

Corbin's former residence in Washington, D.C.

Corbin was appointed to the official staff of President Rutherford B. Hayes, serving at the White House from 1877 to 1881. He was attending Hayes' successor, James A. Garfield, when Garfield was shot in 1881, and was present at his death in Elberon, New Jersey. He became a major in the Adjutant General's Department in June 1880, serving in the Department of the South and the Department of the Missouri. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in June 1889, serving in the Department of Arizona, the Adjutant General's Office in Washington, and the Department of the East. In May 1896 he returned to the Adjutant General's Department in Washington as a colonel.

He was elevated to Adjutant General of the U. S. Army with the rank of brigadier general in February 1898. He was promoted to major general in June 1900. He took command of the newly created Division of the Atlantic in January 1904, then was given command of the Division of the Philippines in November 1904. He took command of the Northern Division in February 1906 and was promoted to lieutenant general in April 1906. He retired in September 1906, and died in September 1909 in Washington, D.C.. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Samuel Breck
Adjutant General of the U. S. Army
February 25, 1898-April 23, 1904
Succeeded by
Fred C. Ainsworth