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Confederate (CSV)


Henry C. Swann

(1842 - 1864)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was 18 years old and lived on his parents large farm near Orrville in Dallas County, AL with 11 siblings. He enlisted in Company G (later renamed F), 5th Alabama Infantry on 10 April 1861 in Cahaba, AL. He was sick in hospital at Culpeper, VA in October 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by a gunshot to his thigh and captured in action near Turner's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was admitted to US Army General Hospital #4 in Frederick, MD on 19 September and sent on to the Eckington US Army hospital in Washington, DC on 28 September. He was paroled there, in a Richmond hospital by 6 October, officially exchanged on 8 October, and furloughed for 60 days on 13 October 1862. His furlough was extended and he returned to duty on 14 March 1863.

He was again wounded and captured, in action at Gettysburg, PA on 1 July 1863. He was at the DeCamp Hospital in New York Harbor, and paroled there, date not given. He was exchanged in February 1864, but killed in action on 21 August 1864 near Charlestown, VA (now WV).

References & notes

Basic information from Fry.1 His service from the State of Alabama,2 the Buseys,3 and his Compiled Service Records,4 online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


1842 in AL


08/21/1864; near Charlestown, WV; burial in Live Oak Cemetery, Selma, AL


1   Fry, Anna M. Gayle, Memories of Old Cahaba, Nashville (Tenn): Publishing House of the M. E. Church, South, 1905, pp. 109 - 120  [AotW citation 9419]

2   State of Alabama, Dept. of Archives & History, Alabama Civil War Service Database, Published 2004, first accessed 01 January 2010, <>, Source page: various  [AotW citation 15788]

3   Busey, John W., and Travis W. Busey, Confederate Casualties at Gettysburg: A Comprehensive Record, Jefferson (NC): McFarland & Company, 2017, pp. 53-54  [AotW citation 15789]

4   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 27988]