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N.H. Camp

N.H. Camp

Federal (USV)


Norman Henry Camp

(1839 - 1912)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Signal Detachment, Army of the Potomac

Before Antietam

He enlisted in the 5th New York Infantry on 26 April 1861, and was promoted to Corporal and Sergeant, being First Sergeant, Company C by his discharge on 29 October 1861. He then enrolled in Company K, 4th New Jersey Infantry as 2nd Lieutenant on the same date. He was detailed to the Signal Corps on 16 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was later cited by brevet to Captain, Volunteers, for gallant and meritorious service on South Mountain and at Antietam. He was at the Catoctin Mountain signal station, and the Elk Mountain station overlooking the Antietam battlefield on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 8 January 1863. He was at the Little Round Top station during action at Gettysburg on 3 July 1863, and at 6th Army Corps HQ the next day. He resigned in September 1863 to accept a commission as First Lieutenant in the US Signal Corps (to date from 3 March 1863). He was on recruiting duty in Providence, RI from in March and April 1864, and in the Department of the Gulf afterward. He received another brevet, to Major, for action at Gettysburg. He resigned his commission on 5 June 1865.

After the War

He was in the brokerage business on Wall Street in New York City, then, by 1879, was living in Washington DC. In June 1883 he was appointed to the Office of the Assayer, US Mint, at Boise, ID. In April 1885 his account was missing more than $12,000 and in May he was arrested and charged with embezzlement. He was convicted in December 1885. His appeal was heard, but his conviction was upheld by the Idaho Supreme Court in 1886. He served a year in the Territorial Prison, and was pardoned by President Grover Cleveland on 7 March 1887, "because of doubts as to his criminality" (his assistant may have taken the money) and "his previous good character". His debt to the US Treasury of more than $11,000 was cancelled "by the terms of compromise" in 1892. He was living in Washington DC by 1896, occupation: Clerk, Office Of the Chief Engineer.

References & notes

Service information from State of New Jersey1, Heitman2, and Brown,3 source also of his picture. His gravesite is on Findagrave, with further detail from family genealogists and Reports of the Secretary of the Treasury (1885, 1892). His conviction and appeals in Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Idaho (Vol. 2, 1893). His pardon in the Annual Report of the Attorney General of the United States (1887).

A fine photograph of him in his Zouave uniform is in the collection of the US Army Heritage & Education Center, Carlisle, PA.


03/07/1839; Burlington, VT


02/16/1912; Washington, DC; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA


1   State of New Jersey, Adjutant-General's Office, and William Scudder Stryker, Adjutant General, Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Trenton: John L. Murphy, Steam Book and Job Printer, 1876, Vol. 1, pg. 222  [AotW citation 14648]

2   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. 276  [AotW citation 14649]

3   Brown, J. Willard, The Signal Corps, U.S.A. in the War of the Rebellion, Boston: U.S. Veteran Signal Corps Association, 1896, Roster, pg. 739  [AotW citation 14650]