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H.W. Gardiner

H.W. Gardiner

Federal (USV)


Harrison Winslow Gardiner


(1843 - 1908)

Home State: Maine

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Signal Detachment, Army of the Potomac

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 17 year old son of a merchant tailor at Hallowell in Kennebec County, ME. He enlisted as a Private in Company B, 3rd Maine Infantry on 4 June 1861. He was orderly to General O.O. Howard at First Bull Jun in July 1861 but "deserted" the General to pick up a musket and fight there. He was detailed to the US Signal Corps in January 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with the Signal Detachment on the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and was posted to the Elk Ridge Station by the end of the month.

The rest of the War

He was posted to the Little Round Top station at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863. He was mustered out on 4 June 1864, but reenlisted on 5 April 1865, in Company C, 6th Regiment, US Veteran Volunteers and served with them at offices in Philadelphia and Washington, DC to 12 April 1866.

After the War

By 1870 he was a railroad contractor at Washville in Washington County, IL and was paymaster of the St. Louis and Southeastern Railway. By 1887 he was Secretary and Treasurer of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad and lived in Boston, MA.

References & notes

His basic service from the State of Maine,1 as Harry W. Gardner, and Brown.2 Personal details from family genealogists, notably Winslow Memorial: Family Records of the Winslows and Their Descendants (1911) [online from GoogleBooks], and the US Census of 1860 and 1870. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from an October 1862 group photograph taken on Elk Ridge, MD.

He married Anna Ramsey Crouch (1848-) in Philadelphia in March 1867 (or 1868) and they had 3 children.


05/16/1843; Farmington, ME


11/06/1908; burial in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


1   State of Maine, Adjutant General's Office, and John L. Hodsdon, AG, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine for the Year ending December 31, 1862, Augusta: Stevens and Sayward, Printers to the State, 1863, pg. 43  [AotW citation 28674]

2   Brown, J. Willard, The Signal Corps, U.S.A. in the War of the Rebellion, Boston: U.S. Veteran Signal Corps Association, 1896, pg. 776  [AotW citation 28675]