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Federal (USV)


Henry Van Orden


Home State: New Jersey

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 13th New Jersey Infantry

Before Antietam

A Paterson, NJ fireman, he enlisted in Company I, 13th New Jersey Infantry, date not given, and transferred to Company K as Sergeant by about 25 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was appointed First Sergeant in November 1862 and Sergeant Major of the regiment in February 1864. He was commissioned First Lieutenant, Company I on 17 July 1864, transferred back to Company K on 1 November, and mustered out on 15 May 1865.

References & notes

Basic service from the Adjutant General1 and Toombs.2 His presence at Antietam and other details from Joseph Crowell's The Young Volunteer: The Everyday Experiences of a Soldier Boy in the Civil War (1906).


1   State of New Jersey, Adjutant-General's Office, and William Scudder Stryker, Adjutant General, Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Trenton: John L. Murphy, Steam Book and Job Printer, 1876, Vol. I, pg. 657  [AotW citation 21871]

2   Toombs, Samuel, Reminiscences of the War ... the Thirteenth Regiment New Jersey Volunteers, Orange (NJ): The (Orange) Journal, 1878, pp. 126, 168  [AotW citation 21872]