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Federal (USV)


Henry Royer

(1837 - 1903)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Yale College, Class of 1858

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 96th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

After graduating from Yale, he studied the law and was admitted to the bar at Pottsville on 17 March 1861. He enrolled on 23 September 1861 in Company H, 96th Pennsylvania Infantry, and was appointed First Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain on 12 February 1862.

The rest of the War

He resigned 13 January 1863. He mustered as Colonel of the 53rd Regiment, Militia of 1863 on 13 July 1863 and mustered out 20 August 1863.

After the War

He practiced law in Pottsville to December 1864, when he went into the dry goods business as partner in Whitfield & Royer. He began farming as a sideline in 1865, and then full time in 1872 due to declining health. In 1875 he returned to the dry goods business, which by 1890 was H. Royer & Son. In 1893 he moved to Denver, CO for his health.

References & notes

Basic information from Bates1 and Hunt.2 His presence on the Campaign from Colonel Cake’s Official Report. His gravesite is on Findagrave. Further details from his bio sketch in the Biographical Record (1897), Yale Class of 1858. He married Mary M. Whitfield of Pottsville in Hagerstown, MD on 13 October 1862.


07/08/1837; Trappe, PA


02/13/1903; Denver, CO; burial in Charles Baber Cemetery, Pottsville, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, 96th Infantry  [AotW citation 15351]

2   Hunt, Roger D., Colonels in Blue: Union Army Colonels of the Civil War - Mid Atlantic States, Mechanicsburg (PA): Stackpole Books, 2007, pg. 142  [AotW citation 15362]