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Federal (USV)


Henry L. Pasco

(c. 1840 - 1882)

Home State: Connecticut

Command Billet: Company Officer

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 16th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 22, giving his occupation as salesman, he was commissioned Captain on 1 August 1862, and mustered as such in Company A, 16th Connecticut Infantry on 24 August.

The rest of the War

He was in action at Fredericksburg and New Bern, NC. He was appointed Major on 24 June 1863. He was captured at the siege of Plymouth, NC on 17 April 1864. He escaped from a POW camp near Charleston, SC on 15 February 1865 and went to Camp Parole, MD. He mustered out of service 24 June 1865.

After the War

He was an insurance agent with Aetna in Hartford, had his own firm (Goodwin & Pasco) in Chicago 1870-77, then returned to Aetna in Hartford. He "gathered memorabilia far and near relating to prison life, and his collection became most curious and interesting." He died in 1882 at age 42 of "an attack of jaundice".

References & notes

His presence at Antietam from documents offered for sale (2015) along with his shoulder straps by the Horse Soldier Antiques. Other details from a sketch in Portraits and Biographies of the Fire Underwriters of the City of Chicago (1895). The quote about his collection of POW items from the New York Times of 1 May 1892. His gravesite on Findagrave. War-era photographs of him are in the collection of the Connecticut Historical Society, and the MOLLUS Massachusetts Collection (Volume 113, pg. 5815), at the US Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, PA.


c. 1840; East Hartford, CT


06/03/1882; Hartford, CT; burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, CT