BUST VIEW CDV OF 1ST MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY OFFICER WOUNDED AT GETTYSBURG – GEORGE E. HENRY

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Item Code: 1054-1124

Image shows officer wearing a dark frock coat with 1st Lieutenant’s shoulder straps and bowtie.

Clarity and contrast are excellent. Paper and mount are good. Mount corners are clipped.

Reverse has photographer’s back mark for J. W. BLACK…BOSTON. Subject is identified as George E. Henry of the 1st Massachusetts Infantry. Identity and service information is written on the reverse in modern pencil. ID is confirmed by Xerox copy of a wartime image from MOLLUS collection and an online image of Henry as an older man.

George Edmund Henry was born in Rockingham, Vermont in August of 1838. He was living in Boston when he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Company F, 1st Massachusetts Infantry on May 22, 1861.

During his service Henry was twice promoted, first to 1st Lieutenant on July 13, 1861, and then to Captain July 12, 1862,

The 1st served with the Army of the Potomac seeing action at Blackburn’s Ford and 1st Bull Run. The regiment suffered heavily during the Peninsula Campaign being engaged at Yorktown, Williamsburg, where Henry was wounded in the hip, Fair Oaks and Savage’s Station. Besides Lieutenant Henry the regiment suffered 37 killed, 135 wounded, 8 captured and 15 missing on the Peninsula.

Henry was back with the 1st for the fight at 2nd Bull Run where he was wounded in the thigh. The regiment also fought at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville.

Captain Henry was present at Gettysburg where the 1st fought on the right of the 3rd Corps line on the Rogers farm. During the fighting on July 2nd Henry, who was serving on the staff of General Joseph B. Carr at the time, was wounded in the foot.

In April of 1864 Captain Henry left General Carr’s staff and returned to his regiment and fought with them at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania before being mustered out with his regiment at Boston on May 25, 1864.

On June 18, 1864, George Henry was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the 14th Regiment Veteran Reserve Corps, stationed near Alexandria, Virginia.

After the war, he served in the Freedmen’s Bureau in Maryland as a1st Lieutenant and brevet Captain. He was brevetted Major in 1866 for gallant services at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. He was finally discharged on September 26, 1867.

After his discharge Henry resided in Dorchester, Massachusetts where he worked in the medical oxygen business. He was an active member of the Edward W. Kinsely Post #113 of the GAR in Boston serving as Post Senior Vice-Commander for 1901 and Post Commander in 1903. He was also a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and a Mason.

George E. Henry died in Brookline, Massachusetts on December 31, 1907 and is buried in ount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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