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Federal (USV)


Joseph Henry

(c. 1829 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 31 year old ostler (hostler, groom, stableman) in Philadelphia. He enlisted and mustered into service as a Private in Company F, 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry on 10 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was listed as wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862 and afterward as "missing", but he had been killed in or near the West Woods there. His Captain, Isaac McBride, later wrote:

... although I did not see him fall, it was proven to my satisfaction that he did fall in that battle with one half half of his head carried away ...
The 17th was his 11th wedding anniversary.

The rest of the War

He was buried on the field by members of his regiment on 20 September 1862.

References & notes

His service from Bates1 and the Card File,2 with death details and the quote above from his widow's pension application; research posted by Jim Buchanan on Walking the West Woods. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860.

He married Elizabeth McGregor (1830-1908) in September 1851 in Philadelphia and they had 5 children.


c. 1829 in IRELAND


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 11744]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 27816]