He was appointed as an 18-year-old from Delaware, Private then Corporal and then Sergeant, with the 1st Delaware Infantry, he served from 2 September 1861 to 25 July 1864. He became a First Lieutenant with the 1st Delaware Veteran Infantry, 26 July 1864 and made Captain, 26 December 1864.
During this time his unit fought at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. He was honorably mustered out 12 July 1865. He re-enlisted as a Second Lieutenant with the 37th U.
Infantry, 28 July 1866 and was transferred to the 5th U. Infantry on 19 May 1869. He was unassigned until 5 June 1869, then to the 13th U. Infantry on 31 March 1870. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 4 September 1871 and sent to Camp Douglas in the Utah Territory.
He later made Captain on 16 August 1884; Major on 17 September 1898; and retired on 16 September 1899. He died at the age of 75 on 18 July 1919 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Cavenaugh's eldest son Harry LaTourette Cavenaugh was born in 1872 at Camp Douglas (SLC), Utah Territory. He would later be the first West Point appointee from the Oklahoma Territory and would graduate in 1895.According to his 1954 obituary in the Orlando Sentinel, after graduating from the U. Military Academy at West Point, he began his military career in the west, where LT/CAPT Cavenaugh chased hostile Indians and became "one of the best rifle shots in the army".
Served in many locations: with the "Buffalo Soldiers" and various postings in Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa. All fought in the Spanish American War where Harry G. Was wounded at the battle of San Juan Hill. Would later serve in WW I, where now Col.Cavanaugh was honored with the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism while commanding the 363rd Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A. Harry LaT Cavenaugh would become a professor of military science and tactics until his retirement in 1936 and was a winter resident of Winter Park, FL until his death in 1954. The Fenno Bear Dance Story Cloth, Native American Prairie, Plains and Plateau clothing, doll, weapons, and other artifacts in the Cavenaugh collection were likely acquired by Col. Some items could have been acquired by H. Des Moines (IA) as collectively the Cavenaughs were stationed over a wide geographic region of prairie, plains and plateau tribes. We know Louis Fenno was killed in that general area in Myton in 1905. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American".
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