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Henry A. Barnum, American army officer. member of New York Legislature, 1885.


Barnum, Henry A. was born on September 24, 1833 in Jamesville New York. Son of Alanson Levi and Beersheba (Pixley) Barnum.


Graduate Syracuse Institute.


Commissioned captain 1st Company, 12th New York Volunteers, 1861, served Battle of Bull Run and Battle of Blackburn’s Ford. Promoted major, 1861, served in Peninsula Campaign. Wounded and captured at Battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, exchanged, July 18, 1862.

Recruiter and colonel 149th New York Volunteers, 1862, served at battles of Gettysburg and Lookout Mountain, also in General William Sherman’s campaign in Georgia, led Union forces which occupied Savannah, Georgia. Brevetted brigadier general, then major general, 1865, resigned, 1866. Inspector of prisons New York, 1865-1869.

Deputy tax. commissioner New York City, 1869-1872, harbor master, port warden, 1888-1892. Member of New York Legislature, 1885. Recipient medal of Honor, United States War Department, 1889, Gold medal United States Congress, 1889.


Member of New York Legislature, 1885.


Married Lavinia King. Married second, Josephine Reynolds.

Alanson Levi Barnum

Beersheba (Pixley) Barnum

Lavinia King

Josephine Reynolds