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Federal (USV)


Howard H. Hensley

(1844 - 1934)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

A 17 year old farmer from Bloomington, he mustered as Private, Company F, 27th Indiana Infantry on 5 March 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot to the right side fracturing two ribs in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Smoketown Hospital near Sharpsburg until 16 December, then at a hospital in Frederick, MD. He was transferred to a hospital in Philadelphia, PA on 16 March 1863 and transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps at Washington, DC on 1 July 1863. He mustered out in Washington on 6 March 1865.

After the War

Soon after the War he moved to a farm near Sheldon, IL and married Susanna Wingard (1846-1933) there in 1868. He was briefly in Washington Territory about 1872 then bought a farm south of Bedford, IA. He moved into to town in 1905 and lived there until the death of his wife in 1933. He died at 90 years of age. He had 12 children, 27 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

References & notes

His service from Brown1 and the Historical Data Systems database. Wound and hospital details from Nelson2 and the Patient List 3 (as Howard H. Hensby). Personal details from his obituary in the Bedford (IA) Times-Press of 19 July 1934. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


05/19/1844; Bloomington, IN


07/15/1934; Taylor County, IA; burial in Hopkins Cemetery, Hopkins, MO


1   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 602  [AotW citation 18637]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 245  [AotW citation 18638]

3   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #1.051  [AotW citation 18639]