Henry Stokes Figures(1844 - 1864)
Home State: Alabama
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 4th Alabama Infantry
Before the Antietam Campaign:
From Huntsville, AL, he was an unmarried 18 year old salesman in Montgomery when he enlisted as Private 0n 10 June 1861 in Company F, 4th Alabama Infantry at Winchester, VA. Present with his Company in action in most engagements from First Manassas to Malvern Hill, VA.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was present in action on South Mountain and at Sharpsburg.
The remainder of the War:
He transferred and was appointed First Lieutenant and Adjutant of the 48th Alabama Infantry on 2 May 1863. He was in action on the Gettysburg, Chickamauga, and Knoxville campaigns. He was killed in action in the Wilderness, VA on 6 May 1864. He was buried on the battlefield.
After the War:
March 4, 1867 - "The remains of Lt. Henry S. Figures, Adjutant of the 48th Alabama Regiment and son of Advocate editor William B. Figures, were disinterred last week and brought home by his parents for burial at the City Cemetery."
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from State of Alabama1. His picture here from a photograph in the Alabama Archives. The quote above from R.G. Pruitt's Eden of the South: A Chronology of Huntsville, Alabama ... (2005).
More on the Web:
A letter of his to his father dated 9 May 1861, talking about happenings in Montgomery, then the capital of the Confederacy, is in the collection of the University of Notre Dame. His father was William B. Figures, then editor of the Southern Advocate in Huntsville. 33 of his wartime letters (April 1861-February 1864) are in the Gilder Lehrman Collection (pay wall).
|Birth Date: 01/09/1844 Birth State: AL |
Death Date: 05/06/1864 Death Place: near Fredericksburg, VA Burial Place: Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, AL
1 State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <http://www.archives.state.al.us/civilwar/index.cfm>, Source page: various [AotW citation 15648]
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