Harry C. Egbert
|Harry Clay Egbert|
January 3, 1839|
|Died||March 26, 1899
Malinta, Valenzuela City, Philippines
|Buried||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Army
|Years of service||1861–1899|
|Rank||Brigadier General of Volunteers|
|Commands held||6th U. S. Infantry
22nd U. S. Infantry
Born in Philadelphia, Egbert joined the 12th Infantry Regiment of the Army of the Potomac as a first lieutenant on September 23, 1861. During the American Civil War, Egbert participated in the Battles of Gaines Mills and Malvern Hills. He was taken prisoner twice, during the Battles of Cedar Mountain and Gettysburg, being exchanged once and escaping during Lee's retreat from Gettysburg. He was wounded in the Battle of Bethesda Church. He was promoted to captain on April 1, 1865.
Egbert was a lieutenant colonel at the start of the Spanish–American War. He commanded the 6th United States Infantry in the Santiago campaign until he was wounded in the Battle of El Caney on July 1, 1898. While still recovering, he was promoted to colonel of the 22nd United States Infantry. On October 1, 1898, he was made a Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers. That same year he became a Veteran Companion of the Military Order of Foreign Wars.
He was then sent to the Philippines for the Philippine–American War, arriving in Manila on March 4, 1899. During the Battle of Malinta, he was mortally wounded while leading a charge against insurgents in Malinta on March 26, and died the same day.
Harry Egbert is buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery with his wife, Ellen Young Egbert (1843–1913).
- "Life Of A Soldier / Col. Egbert Was Typical Of Our Regulars". The Daily Argus News. July 22, 1899.
- "Harry Clay Egbert". Arlington National Cemetery. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
- "Fort Egbert National Historic Landmark". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved February 22, 2010.