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H.C. Isbell
H.C. Isbell

Federal (USV)


Henry Clay Isbell

(1845 - 1887)
Home State: Wisconsin
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 3rd Wisconsin Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
From Oshkosh, he enlisted in Company B, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry on 19 April 1861 (about age 16).

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The remainder of the War:
He was appointed Corporal (before Cedar Mountain) and Sergeant (dates not given). He mustered out with his Company on 18 July 1865.

After the War:
GAR Post 178 in Birnamwood, Shawano County, WI was named for him and chartered on 18 December 1884. He was living in Merrill City at the 1885 Wisconsin State Census. His widow Mary A. (probably Mary Adeline "Addie" Shoemaker, m. 1866) Isbell was living there at the United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War (1890).

References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Bryant1 with details from narratives in the Report of the Proceedings of the Annual Reunion of the Association of the Third Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers (1890-1907) online from the Wisconsin Historical Society. His picture from one of unknown provenance posted to accompany an article about the Regimental Colors on 3rdwisconsin.com. Further information and middle name from family genealogists online.

Birth Date: 04/28/1845    Place of Birth: Fremont, Waupaca County, WI    


1   Bryant, Edwin Eustace, History of the Third Regiment of Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865, Madison: Arthur H Clark Co. for the Veteran Association of the Regiment, 1891, pp. 409 - 410  [AotW citation 15157]

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