Boynton was a veteran of the Mexican, and Seminole Wars, as well as a professor of chemistry at West Point.
Edward Carlisle Boynton, (1824-1893), born in Windsor, Vt. Graduated USMA Class of 1846, and commissioned a 2nd & 1st Lt. 1st U.S. Artillery, brevet captain for meritorious conduct in Battles of Contreras & Cherebusco in the Mexican War. Captain, 11th U.S. Infantry, 1861; transferred to the 29th Infantry in 1866; 3rd Artillery in 1870. Brevet major for faithful and meritorious service during the war in 1865. Resigned in 1872.
During his career, he was engaged in 1855 in the Seminole War in Florida, resigned in 1856 to accept a professorship in the University of Mississippi and remained there until the Civil War began. Boynton was offered a colonelcy of a volunteer regiment but declined and was reappointed in the regulars as a captain in the 11th regiment. While was assigned to the 11th, he was stationed at West Point, as a professor of chemistry.
After he resigned, he made his home in Newburgh, New York. He served there as the secretary of the City Board of Trade, and was one of the best run in the Empire State. Boynton was president of the Newburgh Historical Society, and member of several other organizations.
The image was taken by Charles D. Fredericks, New York. It is in fine condition, showing Boynton standing in his frock coat, no doubt taken while at “the Point.”