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H.M. Bossert

H.M. Bossert

Federal (USV)


Henry Miller Bossert

(1825 - 1892)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Education: Lafayette College (1854)

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 137th Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 26 year old teacher and militia Captain at Mill Hall in Clinton County, he was commissioned Captain, Company C, 11th Pennsylvania Infantry for 3 months service on 25 April 1861. He mustered out on 31 July in Harrisburg, began enrolling troops there, and was appointed Colonel of the new 137th Pennsylvania Infantry (9 months) on its organization on 25 August 1861.

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He resigned 14 March 1863 after being elected Clinton County register and recorder.

After the War

He was a book salesman and teacher in Clinton County, PA.

References & notes

Basic data from Bates1. Personal details from a sketch in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898), from family genealogists, and the US Census of 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source of further information from his obituary in the Lock Haven Evening Express of 25 January 1892. His photograph from one in Roger D. Hunt's Colonels in Blue (2007), from Sue Bossert Hannegan.

He married Mary Catherine Brown (1821-1876) in November 1846 and they had 5 children by 1861. He married again, Sarah Jane Murray (1849-1938) in May 1889.

More on the Web

He built a notable Greek Revival style house in Mill Hall in 1854 using the stacked lumber technique. It survives today and is still in the family (2020).


01/13/1825; Sunbury, PA


01/25/1892; Westport, PA; burial in Noyes Cemetery, Westport, PA


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 13786]