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H.L. Pasco

H.L. Pasco

Federal (USV)


Henry L. Pasco

(1841 - 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.

On the Campaign

He led his Company at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

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 on 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

Service information from the Record.1 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1880. 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. His picture from a photograph in the MOLLUS Massachusetts Collection at the US Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, PA.

His sister Augusta married William H. Lockwood who was also an officer of the 16th Connecticut at Antietam.


1841; East Hartford, CT


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


1   State of Connecticut, Adjutant General's Office, and AGs Smith, Camp, and Barbour, and AAG White, Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Hartford: Press of the Case, Lockwood, and Brainard Company, 1889, pg. 620  [AotW citation 26998]