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Confederate (CSA)


Henry B. Strong

(c. 1821 - 1862)

Home State: Louisiana

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th Louisiana Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A clerk in New Orleans, he enrolled as Captain of Company B, the "Calhoun Guards", of the 6th Louisiana Infantry on 5 June 1861 and led them at First Manassas in July. He was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment on 9 May 1862 (to date from 18 February), and Colonel on 27 June 1862 on the death of Colonel Seymour at Gaines' Mill, Va. At Second Manassas (August 1862) he relieved the wounded Colonel Henry Forno in command of Hays' brigade.

On the Campaign

He was in command of the Regiment on the Maryland Campaign but was killed in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862. His body was recovered by his men the next day, and buried near the Dunkard Church.

The rest of the War

His remains were reinterred from his original burial on the battlefield to the Washington Confederate Cemetery at Rose Hill in Hagerstown about 1872.

References & notes

His service from Sifakis' Compendium1 and Booth.2 The live-looking dead horse in the Gardner photograph taken on the field at Sharpsburg is likely the mount of Colonel Strong3. Burial information from member Greg Farino, supported by Stotelmyer4.

More on the Web

The headboard from his original battlefield burial was sold by Cowan's Auctions in 2013.


c. 1821 in IRELAND


09/17/1862; Sharpsburg, MD; burial in Washington Confederate Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD


1   Sifakis, Stewart, Compendium of the Confederate Armies, The, State vols., New York: Facts on File, 1995, Louisiajna vol.  [AotW citation 1097]

2   Booth, Andrew B., Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands, 3 Volumes, New Orleans: State of Louisiana, 1920, Vol. 3, pg. 727  [AotW citation 27226]

3   Frassanito, William A., Antietam: The Photographic Legacy of America's Bloodiest Day, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1978, pp. 122-125  [AotW citation 1098]

4   Stotelmyer, Steven R., The Bivouacs of the Dead: The story of those who died at Antietam and South Mountain, Baltimore: Toomey Press, 1992  [AotW citation 1099]