Born in 1825 in Virginia, Henry Heth graduated from West Point in 1847 and served out west until resigning his commission in April 1861. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1862, fought at Chancellorsville and commanded the division that made initial contact with the Union forces at Gettysburg.
At the close of the war he worked in the insurance business and later served the government as a surveyor and in the Office of Indian Affairs. He died in 1899.
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Last updated: February 26, 2015