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H.J. McDonald

H.J. McDonald

Federal (USV)


Henry J. McDonald

(1834 - 1910)

Home State: Connecticut

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 11th Connecticut Infantry

Before Antietam

From Danbury, CT, he enlisted on 10 September 1861 and mustered as First Sergeant, Company A, 11th Connecticut Infantry on 24 October 1861. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Company F, on 28 March 1862, and First Lieutenant, Company A, on 27 July.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain of Company D on 1 January 1863. He was captured in action at Drewery's Bluff, VA on 16 May 1864 and held at Macon, GA and Columbia, SC, where he was paroled on 26 February 1865. He returned to duty in June, was appointed Major of the regiment on 5 July 1865, and was assigned as Assistant Inspector General to General Terry in August. He was in command of the post at Lynchburg, VA about 1 October. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel 14 December, but did not muster at that rank, and mustered out of service on 21 December 1865 in Hartford.

After the War

He moved to Polk County, Iowa in 1867 and was among the early settlers there. He had a farm near Polk City until 1882 when he went to Des Moines and was a traveling salesman of barbed wire. He retired from that business in 1898. He was a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) and the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR).

References & notes

Service information from Ingersoll1 and the Record.2 Wound detail from Nelson.3 Personal details from a sketch in Johnson Brigham's Des Moines: The Pioneer of Municipal Progress and Reform of the Middle West (Vol. II, 1911). His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph in the MOLLUS Massachusetts Collection via the Historical Data Systems database.


09/20/1834; Kingston, NJ


10/20/1910; burial in Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, IA


1   Ingersoll, Colin Macrae, Adjutant-General, Catalogue of Connecticut Volunteer Organizations in the Service of the United States, 1861-1865, Hartford: Brown & Gross, 1869, pg. 464  [AotW citation 20548]

2   State of Connecticut, Adjutant General's Office, and AGs Smith, Camp, and Barbour, and AAG White, Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion, Hartford: Press of the Case, Lockwood, and Brainard Company, 1889, pp. 433, 434, 444, 452  [AotW citation 20549]

3   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. 310  [AotW citation 20550]