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Confederate (CSA)


Henry B Strong

(? - 1862)

Home State: Louisiana

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th Louisiana Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

At the first battle of Manassas (July 1861) he was Captain of Company B, the "Calhoun Guards", of the 6th Louisian Infantry. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment on 18 February 1862, and Colonel 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, and was killed in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September. His body was recovered by his men the next day, and buried near the Dunkard Church.

References & notes

Basics of the Colonel's service from Sifakis' Compendium1. The live-looking dead horse in the Gardner photograph taken on the field at Sharpsburg is likely the mount of Colonel Strong2. Burial information from member Greg Farino, supported by Stotelmyer3.

More on the Web

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


Date not known 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   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]

3   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]