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Federal (USV)


Henry Wadsworth Hudson

(1816 - 1888)

Home State: Connecticut

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 82nd New York Infantry (2nd Militia)


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

His father, also Henry, was prominent in the paper business with mills in the Oakland neighborhood of Manchester, CT, and had been mayor of Hartford (1836-1840). Henry W. enrolled in New York City for three years and mustered in as Lieutenant Colonel of the 82nd New York Infantry on 7 December 1861. He was promoted Colonel in June 1862 (to date from 26 March).

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment in action in and near the West Woods on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was briefly Brigade commander at Chancellorsville but was dismissed, probably for being drunk, on 20 May 1863. His commission was given to Lieutenant Colonel James F.X. Huston, but Huston was killed at Gettysburg before mustering as Colonel. Hudson's dismissal was revoked and he was again mustered as Colonel on 5 September 1863 (vice Huston) and he mustered out at the end of his term on 25 June 1864.

After the War

By 1870 he was living in Manchester, CT.

References & notes

His service data from the State of New York.1 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1870. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Delia Pitkin Olmsted (1822-1903) in December 1846 and they had two sons.


03/28/1816; Hartford, CT


05/21/1888; Syracuse, NY; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, 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, Issue 30 (for the year 1901), pg. 354  [AotW citation 8391]