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Federal (USV)


Henry Perkins Muirheid

(1835 - 1876)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Commanding Detachment

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Companies B and G

Before Antietam

A 25 year old "confidential clerk" to prominent Philadelphia banker Charles H. Fisher, he enrolled on 1 September 1861 and mustered as 2nd Lieutenant, Company C, 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry on 10 September. He was promoted to First Lieutenant of Company A on 1 October and to Captain of Company G on 29 March 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded a detachment consisting of Companies B and G of the regiment in Maryland, serving as HQ escort to General Franklin, 6th Army Corps.

The rest of the War

He was discharged on a Surgeon's Certificate of disability on 2 April 1863.

After the War

He spent a year in Europe then returned to Philadelphia and went into the real estate business with his brother Charles, as CH & HP Muirheid. He was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel and Inspector General, Pennsylvania National Guard and in 1875 was appointed Brigadier General and commander of the First Brigade, NG. He died relatively young at age 40 from "congestion of the brain."

References & notes

His service from Bates1 and the Card File. Personal details from family genealogists and his obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer of 29 April 1876. His gravesite is on Findagrave, which has his birth on 18 September.

More on the Web

The Library Company of Philadelphia has a recruiting poster naming him and the other officers of Company C in their collection.

A model 1851 Colt Navy revolver given to him in 1861 by his brother Charles was offered for sale by Dave Taylor's Civil War Antiques for $6500.


09/10/1835; Pennington, NJ


04/28/1876; Philadelphia, PA; burial in Pennington Cemetery, Pennington, NJ


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871  [AotW citation 26179]