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Federal (USV)


Henry Bascom Sturgis

(1824 - 1911)

Home State: Iowa

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: 2nd Division, 9th Corps

Before Antietam

By 1850 he was a cabinet maker living with his parents in Des Moines County, Iowa. Younger brother of Brigadier General Samuel Sturgis, he was appointed Captain and additional aide de camp (ADC) of Volunteers on 21 June 1862 and assigned to General Sturgis' staff.

On the Campaign

He was an aide-de-camp (ADC) to General Sturgis' on the campaign in Maryland and was at South Mountain on 14 September 1862, but was

separated from me [General Sturgis] after the battle of South Mountain by sickness and orders for other service, and could not join again in time to take part in the battle of Sharpsburg.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission on 14 June 1865.

After the War

In 1880 he was running a boarding house in Ottumwa, IA. By 1895 and to at least 1900 he was retired and living in Des Moines, but was working as a day laborer there at age 80 in 1905.

References & notes

His service from Heitman1 and Letters Received by the Commission Branch, Adjutant General's Office, USA 1863-1870, online via fold3. Maryland detail from the General's after-action Report. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1850, 1880, and 1900, and the Iowa Census of 1895 and 1905. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Elizabeth Susan Waugh (1836-1916) in Keokuk, IA in December 1855 and they had 5 children.


12/05/1824 in PA


01/23/1911; Des Moines, IA; burial in Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, IA


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 934  [AotW citation 28778]