Major Horatio Collins King

Major Horatio Collins King


Medal of Honor, Civil War

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Medal of Honor Citation

    Rank and organization: Major and Quartermaster, U.S. Volunteers.
    Place and date: Near Dinwiddie Courthouse, Va., 31 March 1865.
    Entered service at: Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Born: 22 December 1837, Portland, Maine.
    Date of issue: 23 September 1897.
    Citation: While serving as a volunteer aide, carried orders to the reserve brigade and participated with it in the charge which repulsed the enemy.

    Horatio Collins King was born on December 22, 1837 in Portland, Maine, to Horatio and Anne (Collins) King.

    Once the nation went to war, King actively sought a commission in the Union Army and in 1862 commenced his military service. He was appointed, by then Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, Assistant Quartermaster of Volunteers under General Casey of the Army of the Potomac with the rank of Captain. Soon after, King was given more active duty under the command of General Sheridan as Chief Quartermaster of the First Cavalry Division of the Army of the Shenandoah. He took part in five battles following this appointment, and for gallantry at the Battle of Five Forks he was recommended for promotion by General Devin and made Brevet Colonel of Volunteers. King was honorably discharged in October 1866 with the brevets of major, lieutenant colonel and colonel.

    Following his discharge from the Army, King returned to his law practice in New York City and continued in this profession until 1871, when he assumed the associate editor's position at the New York Star. Soon after, King assumed the role of publisher of the Christian Union with his close friend, Reverend Henry Ward Beecher, as editor. He also helped to edit the Christian at Work. In 1874, Horatio Collins King returned to his law practice and remained active in the profession for the remainder of his life.

    BORN: Dec. 22, 1837
    DIED: Nov. 15, 1918
    BURIED: Green-Wood Cemetery
    Kings County
    New York, USA
    Plot: Section 76/77, Lot 33/35

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