Harry C. Egbert

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Harry Clay Egbert
Born (1839-01-03)January 3, 1839
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died March 26, 1899(1899-03-26) (aged 60)
Malinta, Valenzuela City, Philippines
Buried Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861–1899
Rank Brigadier General of Volunteers
Commands held 6th U. S. Infantry
22nd U. S. Infantry

American Civil War

Spanish–American War

Philippine–American War

Harry Clay Egbert (January 3, 1839 – March 26, 1899) was an officer in the United States Army who served in the American Civil War, the Spanish–American War, and the Philippine–American War.

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.[1] He was wounded in the Battle of Bethesda Church. He was promoted to captain on April 1, 1865.[2]

After the Civil War, he remained in the army. It would be 25 years before his next promotion, to major on April 23, 1890.[1][2]

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.[1] 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.[2] 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).

Fort Egbert (1899–1911) in Eagle, Alaska was named for him,[3] as is Egbert Avenue in San Francisco, California.

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  1. ^ a b c "Life Of A Soldier / Col. Egbert Was Typical Of Our Regulars". The Daily Argus News. July 22, 1899. 
  2. ^ a b c "Harry Clay Egbert". Arlington National Cemetery. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Fort Egbert National Historic Landmark". Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 

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