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Federal (USV)


Henry K. Martin

(1836 - 1911)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 19th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 25 year old carpet weaver from Merrimack, NH, he enlisted in Company E, 19th Massachusetts Infantry on 25 July 1861. He was appointed Corporal, date not given. He was in action at Glendale, VA on 30 June 1862, when

Corporal Peter O'Rourke, of Company E, who was carrying the state flag, fell wounded and called to Corporal Henry K. Martin of his company to "Come and take the colors."

On the Campaign

He was severely wounded in the arm in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was discharged for wounds 24 April 1863 at Frederick, MD.

References & notes

Service information from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1 and the History,2 which is also the source of the Glendale quote. His gravesite is on Findagrave.




08/05/1911; burial in Old Saint Patricks Cemetery, Enfield, CT


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pg. 446  [AotW citation 17803]

2   Waitt, Ernest Linden (compiler), History of the Nineteenth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1865, Salem (MA): The Salem Press Co., 1906, pp. 96, 144  [AotW citation 17804]