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Federal (USA)


Henry Pfeffer

(1837 - 1872)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 2nd United States Artillery, Battery M

Before Antietam

A 21 year old clerk, he enlisted as a Private in Battery M, 2nd United States Artillery on 18 December 1857 in New York City. In 1860 he was with the battery at Fort Brown at Brownsville, Texas, and he was promoted to Sergeant by the Summer of 1862.

On the Campaign

He was in action with the battery at Antietam on 17 September 1862. Lieutenant Hains later reported:

Sergeants Pfeffer and Flood and Corporal Hasenzahl and Lance Corporal Frain (who was wounded) all deserve special notice.

The rest of the War

He was discharged in December 1862 at Fredericksburg, VA as Sergeant. He applied for a passport in May 1863.

After the War

He was a bookkeeper, probably in Philadelphia. He enlisted again on 20 April 1870 in Washington, DC in Battery F of the 5th United States Artillery, and was sent to Fort Adams, RI, but he was discharged there for disability on 15 July 1872, as a Private. Listed as a confectioner in Philadelphia, he applied for an invalid's pension in August but died of tuberculosis in Philadelphia in December 1872, only 35 years old.

References & notes

His service from the Registers.1 Personal details from family genealogists, especially Dee Dee Baldwin. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Margaret Cecelia Sheridan (1846-1912) and they had sons Henry Edwin (b.1867 in Philadelphia) and Charles W. (B. 1871 at Fort Adams).


1837; Hesse-Cassel, GERMANY


12/17/1872; Philadelphia, PA; burial in Old Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


1   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 053, pg. 189; V. 071, p. 17  [AotW citation 26257]