Hunt, Henry Jackson was born on September 14, 1819 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of Lieutenant Fanuel Wellington and Julia (Herrick) Hunt.
Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1839.
Craig. Commissioned Second lieutenant 2d Artillery, United States Army, 1839, served in Mexican War. Commissioned captain, 1852. Revised light military tactics, 1856.
Commissioned major 5th Artillery and chief of artillery of Washington (District of Columbia) defenses. Commissioned colonel in charge training artillery research Army of Potomac, 1861. Commissioned brigadier general United States Volunteers for his participation as artillery expert in Peninsular Campaign.
Helped break Pickett’s charge by concentration of artillery fire at Battle of Gettysburg. In charge of siege of Petersburg. Commissioned colonel 5th Artillery, 1869.
In command of Department of South, 1880-1883. Governor Soldier’s Home, Washington, District of Columbia, 1885.