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W.H Lawrence

W.H Lawrence

Federal (USV)


William Henry Lawrence

(1834 - 1874)

Home State: Massachusetts

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY

Command Billet: ADC

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: First Army Corps

Before Antietam

He enrolled as First Lieutenant and Adjutant of the First Massachusetts Infantry on 25 May 1861. He joined General Hooker's staff prior to the Maryland Campaign.

On the Campaign

He was ADC to General Hooker, Federal First Army Corps at Antietam, and may have been acting at the rank of Major.

The rest of the War

He was commissioned Major and Aide de Camp, US Volunteers on 10 November 1862. He was honored by brevets to Lieutenant Colonel for service at Antietam, to Colonel for service at Lookout Mountain, and to Brigadier General (all 13 March 1865) for Peach Tree Creek, GA. He mustered out of service on 10 July 1866.

References & notes

Service data from Heitman1. His photograph from the MOLLUS Massachusetts Collection2. His gravesite is on Findagrave. He had two sons and a daughter, Josie Hooker Lawrence (b. 1862).


10/14/1834; Groton, MA


11/28/1874; Boston, MA; burial in Woodlawn Cemetery and Crematory, Everett, MA


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 619  [AotW citation 14515]

2   US Army, Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <>, Source page: Vol. 98, pg. 5008  [AotW citation 14516]