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H.C. Cushing

H.C. Cushing

Federal (USA)


Harry Cooke Cushing

(1841 - 1902)

Home State: Rhode Island

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 4th United States Artillery, Battery F

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was an 18 year old living with his parents and siblings in Providence, RI. He enlisted as a Corporal in Battery A, First Rhode Island Light Artillery on 6 June 1861 and was Sergeant by November, when he was discharged to accept the commission as 2nd Lieutenant, 4th United States Artillery to date from 24 October. He was brevetted First Lieutenant, USA for his actions at Cedar Mountain on 9 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with his battery at Antietam on 17 September 1862 and promoted to First Lieutenant on that date.

The rest of the War

He commanded Battery H, 4th US Artillery at Chickamauga and was later honored by brevet to Captain for his bravery there. He was Inspector of Artillery, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac to the end of the war.

After the War

He continued in the Army, promoted to Captain on 22 August 1871. He was retired at the rank of Major on 12 February 1895. By 1900 he had retired to New Rochelle, NY.

References & notes

His service from Aldrich,1 Henry,2 and Heitman.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 and 1900. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from a photograph contributed by Jen Snoots.

He married Martha Wetherill Budd (1846-1931) in June 1868 and they had 3 children.


11/08/1841; Baltimore, MD


07/02/1902; New Rochelle, NY; burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA


1   Aldrich, Thomas M., The History of Battery A, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery, in the War to Preserve the Union, 1861-1865, Providence: Snow & Farnham, Printers, 1904, pg. 392  [AotW citation 28864]

2   Henry, Guy Vernor, Military Record of Civilian Appointments in the United States Army, 2 Volumes, New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1873, Vol. 1, pp. 197-198  [AotW citation 28865]

3   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. 347  [AotW citation 28866]