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Federal (USV)

Sergeant

Henry William Tisdale

(1837 - 1922)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 35th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 25 year old store clerk from Dedham, MA, he enlisted 23 July and mustered as Sergeant, Company I, 35th Massachusetts Infantry on 16 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot in the thigh in action on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was taken to Middletown, MD, then moved to the Lutheran Church Hospital in Frederick. On 30 September he was sent to a hospital in Philadelphia. Although not entirely healed, he was ordered back to duty on 27 October 1862 and sent to the convalescent camp at Alexandria, VA. He was transferred to the Methodist Church Hospital, Alexandria, on 20 December, and returned to his Company on 4 February 1863. He was captured in action 24 May 1864 on the North Anna River, VA. He was held at Libby Prison, Richmond, VA; Andersonville and Camps Millen and Davidson (GA), and in the Florence (SC) Stockade. He was exchanged 5 March 1865. He mustered out with his Company 9 June 1865.

After the War

He lived in Boston, then opened a grocery store in Roxbury. He was a member of GAR Post #26 there.

References & notes

Basic information from Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.1 Details from his own diary and A. Dean Sargent's Grand Army of the Republic: Civil War Veterans, Department of Massachusetts, 1866 to 1947 (2002). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

His diary has been posted online by his great grandson Mark F. Farrell, source also of an excellent post-War photograph of him. There is a typescript of the diary at the Dedham (MA) Historical Society.

Birth

03/09/1837; Walpole, MA

Death

05/31/1922; burial in Highland Cemetery, Norwood, MA

Notes

1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 3, pg. 700  [AotW citation 17709]