Henry E. Davies Jr.

Henry Eugene Davies, nephew of General Thomas A. Davies, was born in New York City on July 2, 1836. He was educated at Harvard, Williams, and Columbia colleges, finally graduating in 1857 from the latter. He then studied law, gained admission to the state bar, and began practice. At the beginning of the Civil War, Davies became a captain in the 5th New York Infantry and fought at the battle of Big Bethel on June 10, 1861. In August he was appointed major of the 2nd New York Cavalry, called the "Harris Light Cavalry" in honor of United States Senator Ira Harris. The regiment was attached to Irvin McDowell's corps on the Rappahannock during the Peninsular campaign and saw its first hard service during the campaign of Second Manassas. Davies was promoted to lieutenant colonel in December, 1862, to colonel in June, 1863, to brigadier in September, 1863, and to major general at. the end of the war. In June, 1863, the regiment suffered heavy casualties at Beverly Ford and Aldie, Virginia, while the army was en route to Pennsylvania. It was not engaged at Gettysburg, since it was stationed at Westminster, Maryland. From then until the close of the war General Davies was in brigade and divisional command in the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac: he took a gallant part in the raids- on Richmond and in all the actions in the Shenandoah in 1864 and rendered outstanding service in the cavalry operations which culminated in the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox—he was wounded on February 6, 1865, at Hatcher's Run. He resigned in January, 1866, while commanding the Middle District of Alabama, to return to his law practice in New York. He was city public administrator from 1866 until 1869 and assistant district attorney for the southern district of New York until 1872. During the later years of his life, while making his home in what is now Beacon, New York, General Davies wrote several books, including a biography of General Philip Sheridan. He died in Middleboro, Massachusetts, September 7, 1894, and was buried in the yard of St. Luke's Church at Beacon.

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Reference:  Generals in Blue.  Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Louisiana State University Press.  Baton Rouge.