b. 22/06/1835 Stocksbridge, Massachusetts. d. 03/06/1905 Atlantic City, New Jersey.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 25/11/1863 Missionary Ridge, Tennessee.
Boynton was born in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts but was raised in Ohio where he graduated in 1854 from Woodward College, in Cincinnati, and subsequently from the Kentucky Military Institute in 1859. While there, he joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
From July 1861 until September 1864, Boynton served as a commissioned officer in the 35th Ohio Infantry. He was elected as the regiment’s first major, but quickly rose up the ranks to become the commanding officer of the regiment and was promoted to lieutenant colonel. He led the 35th in the Battle of Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, where he earned the Medal of Honor for his actions on November 25, 1863.
After the war he resumed civilian life. He married Helen Augusta Mason in 1871 and became a newspaper correspondent in Washington, D.C. Boynton also became the chairman of the committee that oversaw the development of the Chattanooga National Military Park. He was finally presented with his Medal of Honor on 15 November 1893, almost 30 years after Missionary Ridge. In June 1898, he returned to active military service as a brigadier general during the Spanish-American War. He was discharged in April 1899.
Led his regiment in the face of a severe fire of the enemy; was severely wounded.
BURIAL LOCATION: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA.
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LOCATION OF MEDAL: FAMILY.