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First Name: Charles

Last Name: Barth

Birthplace: IA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Henry

Date of Birth: 1858

Date of Death: 1926

Rank: Brigadier General

Years Served:
Charles Henry Barth

Graduate, U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1881

•  Indian Wars (1775 - 1924) intermittent
•  Philippine-American War (1899 - 1902)


Charles Henry Barth
Brigadier General, U.S. Army

Charles Henry Barth was born in 1858 in Iowa. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1881 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Engineer Corps.

Barth served in the Apache Indian Campaign of 1881 and in the Philippine Insurrection from 1899-1902 for which he was awarded the Silver Star Medal.

Camp Jackson (now Fort Jackson), SC, was established as a World War I training camp pursuant to General Orders No. 95, War Department, 18 July 1917. On 25 August 1917, Brigadier General Charles H. Barth assumed command as the first Post Commander. The famous 81st "Wildcat" Infantry Division was organized there on 25 August and by 17 September, Barth, the Commanding General of the 81st, moved his Division into permanent quarters. During the month more than 8,000 draftees arrived to fill the Division's ranks. Later, Barth and his Division saw action in the Lorraine and Meuse-Argonne Campaigns of World War I. For his service during World War I, he was awarded the Legion of Honor and Croix de Guerre Cross of War by the French Government.

After the war, Barth commanded the defenses of Manila and Subic Bays in 1921. He was also an instructor at the Infantry and Cavalry School, before her retired.

From April 1925 to December 1926, Barth served as Governor of the Soldier's Home.

Medals and Awards

Silver Star Medal
Legion of Honor (France)
Croix de Guerre Cross of War (France)


His son, Charles Henry Barth Jr., was also a U.S. Army Brigadier General.

Death and Burial

Brigadier General Charles Henry Barth died in December 1926. He is buried at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS.

Honoree ID: 2219   Created by: MHOH




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