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Federal (USV)


Henry Ferdinand Dupont

(1835 - 1913)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a 21 year old farmer from France when he arrived in New York City aboard the sailing ship William Tell in August 1856, as Henri DuPont. On 1 May 1861 at age 26 he enlisted in Buffalo, NY to serve two years, and mustered in on 20 May as a Private in Company A, 21st New York Infantry.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He mustered out with his Company on 18 May 1863 in Buffalo. He enlisted again, as Quartermaster Sergeant in Company H, 12th New York Cavalry on 12 August 1863, but was later reduced to Private. He was appointed Commissary Sergeant of the regiment on 20 September 1863, but back to Sergeant, Company H, on 1 December. He was captured at Wise's Forks, NC on 8 March 1865 and soon after paroled. He mustered out on 10 July 1865 at Elmira, NY.

After the War

By 1880 he was a farmer at Collins in Erie County, NY. In 1910 he was retired and boarding with the Dean family in Collins Center, NY.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General1 with Antietam wound detail from the Chronicles.2 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1880 and 1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Lucinda Priscilla Harris (1833-1905) and they had a son William (1873-1942).


11/17/1835; Héricourt, FRANCE


11/22/1913; Collins, NY; burial in Collins Center Cemetery, Collins Center, NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1899, Ser. No. 20, pg. 208; 1894, V 4, pg. 1089  [AotW citation 28140]

2   Mills, John Harrison, and 21st Regiment Veteran Association of Buffalo, Chronicles of the Twenty-first Regiment New York State Volunteers, Buffalo: 21st Reg't. Veteran Association of Buffalo, 1887, pg. 293  [AotW citation 28141]