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Daniel Huston, Jr.
Died December 2, 1884(1884-12-02)
Place of birth Maine
Place of death Burlington, New Jersey
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Union
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service 1843-1882
Rank Colonel, U.S.A.
Commands held 7th Missouri Volunteer Cavalry
5th U.S. Infantry
Battles/wars

American Civil War

Daniel Huston, Jr. was a career soldier in the United States army. Huston served in the infantry in the Regular Army and commanded a volunteer regiment of cavalry during the American Civil War. He retired from the army with the rank of colonel.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early Service[edit | edit source]

Huston entered West Point as a cadet in 1843 and graduated in 1848 with the brevet rank of 2nd lieutenant in the 8th U.S. Infantry. He was fully promoted to 2nd lieutenant the following year and transferred to the 1st U.S. Infantry. On December 8, 1856 he was promoted to captain.

Civil War[edit | edit source]

When the Civil War began Captain Huston served with the 1st Infantry in Missouri, fighting at the battle of Wilson's Creek. On August 10, 1861 he received a brevet rank of major for his services at Wilson's Creek. Huston's most notable role in the war came on February 21, 1862 when he was appointed colonel of the 7th Missouri Cavalry Regiment. A detachment of the regiment fought at the battle of Lone Jack but Huston was not personally involved. By the winter of 1862 Huston's regiment was part of the 2nd Division of the Army of the Frontier. The regular commander of the 2nd Division, Brig. Gen. James Totten, was called to testify in court at St. Louis and Huston found himself as senior officer in the entire division. Huston led the 2nd Division at the battle of Prairie Grove where it was attached to Brig. Gen. Francis J. Herron's command. Huston's men made an initial charge against a Confederate battery near the Borden House early in the fighting. Huston remained in command of the 2nd Division for a short while after the battle of Prairie Grove before reverting to his regular army command in the 1st U.S. Infantry. There he participated in the Vicksburg Campaign and was awarded a brevet promotion to lieutenant colonel, U.S.A. and later, on August 1, 1863 was promoted to major of the 11th U.S. Infantry.[1] On December 30, 1864 he was mustered out of the volunteer service but continued to serve in the regular army.

Post Civil War[edit | edit source]

Huston was promoted to colonel of the 5th U.S. Infantry on February 6, 1882 and retired from the service on June 22, 1882. During his service following the Civil War he commanded the post of Fort Gibson in the Indian Territory. In 1872 Huston constructed Fort McKean in the Dakota Territory which was later renamed Fort Abraham Lincoln.[2]

Colonel Huston died in 1884 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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