|Birth: ||Jun. 21, 1785|
|Death: ||Sep. 4, 1804|
Son of Gen. Peleg Wadsworth and Elizabeth Bartlett (both buried at the Wadsworth Cem., Hiram, Oxford Co., ME).
Henry is not actually buried in Eastern Cemetery, Portland, Maine; although he does have a memorial there. Unfortunately, he was killed in the line of duty in 1804 and is buried in Tripoli, Libya.
There is a bill before the Senate Armed Services Committee to bring his and those of his compatriots' remains home. You can read more about it at www.intrepidproject.org and http://www.pressherald.com/news/bill-would-transfer-longfellow-uncle-from-libyan-grave_2011-06-19.html. [Source: Sarah 47295108]
Peleg Wadsworth (1748 - 1829)
Elizabeth Bartlett Wadsworth (1753 - 1825)
Charles Lee Wadsworth (1776 - 1848)*
Zilpha Wadsworth Longfellow (1778 - 1851)*
John Wadsworth (1781 - 1860)*
Henry Wadsworth (1785 - 1804)
Alexander Scammel Wadsworth (1790 - 1851)*
Peleg Wadsworth (1793 - 1875)*
Inscription: (South side) In memory of Henry Wadsworth, son of Peleg Wadsworth, Esq., Lieut. in U.S. Navy, who fell before the walls of Tripoli, on the evening of the 4th Sep. 1804, in the 20th year of his age, by the explosion of a Fireship, which he with others gallantly conducted against the enemy; determined at once they prefer death and destruction of the enemy, to captivity and torturing slavery. -- (Com. Preble's Letter) (West side) Capt. Richard Somers, Lieut. Henry Wadsworth, Lieut. Joseph Israel and ten brave seamen volunteers, were the devoted band. (East side) An honor to his country, and an example to all excellent youth. (Resolve of Congress)(North side) My country calls! This world adieu! I have one life. That life I give to you.
Created by: Alice Huitt Preston
Record added: Jan 24, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17675616