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Federal (USV)


Henry Clay Holbrook

(1842 - 1862)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 19 year old clerk in Barre, MA, he mustered as Private in Company K, 21st Massachusetts Infantry on 19 July 1861. He was appointed Quartermaster Sergeant of the regiment (date not given, probably in November 1861) and commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of Company D on 27 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was killed by a piece of shell on the hill above the Lower (Burnside's) Bridge in action late in the day at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

References & notes

Service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines.1 Details in the History.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


06/24/1842; Barre, MA


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Adams Cemetery, Barre, MA


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. 644  [AotW citation 20730]

2   Walcott, Charles Folsom, History of the Twenty-first Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers, in the War for the Preservation of the Union, 1861-1865, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1882, pp. 203, 206  [AotW citation 20731]