b. 17/03/1843 Maumee, Ohio. d. 19/12/1899 San Mateo, Philippines.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 03/08/1864 Atlanta, Georgia.
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, United States Army General. Born in Manhattan, Ohio, the son of George Lawton and Catherine Daley Lawton. Attended the Methodist Episcopal College, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1854-1861. Enlisted as a Private, 9th Indiana Infantry, on April 18, 1861, was quickly promoted to 1st Lieutenant, 30th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Promoted up the ranks to Colonel by the end of the Civil War. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery during the August 3, 1864 Battle of Atlanta while serving as Captain and commander of Company A, 30th Indiana.
His Medal was awarded to him on May 22, 1893. In the Indian Campaign of 1886, he received the surrender of Geronimo for General Nelson A. Miles. When the Spanish American War broke out, he was promoted to Major General, commanded the 2nd Infantry Division to Cuba, and distinguished himself at El Caney, Cuba. He became good friends with Theodore Roosevelt of the Rough Riders during his service in Cuba, and was marked for higher leadership. In December 1898, he was posted to the Philippines, where he was second in overall command there. An active field commander, he believed in leading from the front, and often personally led the soldiers in their assaults. He was killed at San Mateo, Luzon, while leading three regiments in a direct assault upon the town. In 1881, he had married the former Mary Craig of Louisville, Kentucky, and had four children: 3 daughters and a son.
Led a charge of skirmishers against the enemy's rifle pits and stubbornly and successfully resisted 2 determined attacks of the enemy to retake the works
BURIAL LOCATION: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA.
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