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Federal (USV)


Waterman Penry

(c. 1835 - 1882)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1850 he was a factory operative/spinner in Wales, MA. On 20 August 1861 he enlisted at Worcester, MA as a Private in Company E, 21st Massachusetts Infantry, then a he was a 26 year old mechanic (millworker) in Wales.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He reenlisted on 1 January 1864, transferred to Company I of the 36th Massachusetts on 21 October 1864 and to Company C of the 56th Massachusetts Infantry on 8 June 1865. He mustered out on 12 July 1865.

After the War

In 1870 he was working in a woolen mill and living in a boarding house in Wales, MA.

References & notes

His service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1850-1870. His name also seen as Waterman Penry, Penroy, Penrey, and Pennery. His birth year varies from about 1829 to 1835 between the various civil, census, and military records.

He married Rosette Routh/Roath (1832-1862) in October 1851 and they had three children; the youngest, daughter Lotte died not quite 2 years old in November 1861 and the middle child, Charley (1855-1864), drowned at age 9. The oldest, son Lewis died of tuberculosis at about age 34 in 1886.


c. 1835; Saybrook, CT




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. 620  [AotW citation 26518]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 26519]