Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Where Detroit's History Endures
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Henry Boynton Clitz

Brigadier General

Henry Clitz was born in Sackett’s Harbor, New York on July 4, 1824. He attended West Point from 1841 until 1845 and entered the service on July 1, 1845 as 2nd Lieutenant in the 7th U. S. Infantry. He was transferred as 2nd Lieutenant to the 3rd U. S. Infantry on September 21, 1846. He was brevetted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant for gallant service in the Mexican War. He attained the rank of Captain on December 6, 1858.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Clitz was a Major in the 12th U. S. Infantry. He was brevetted the rank of Lt. Colonel on June 27, 1862 for meritorious service in the Battle of Gaines’s Mill, Virginia, where he was wounded and taken prisoner. He was exchanged and during the period of his recovery, was appointed Commandant of West Point. He became Colonel of the 6th U. S. Infantry and was brevetted the rank of Brigadier General on March 13, 1865. After the war, he rose to the full rank of General and was Commanding Officer of several different garrisons. In 1880, he returned to Detroit, his boyhood home, and was made Commandant of Fort Wayne. General Clitz retired at the age of 61 after 44 years in the Army.

Henry Clitz disappeared on October 31, 1888 at Niagara Falls. It is assumed that he drowned but his body was never recovered. He is remembered with a memorial on the family lot in Elmwood.

Born: July 4, 1824
Disappeared: October 31, 1888
Memorial: Section G, Lot A