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Henry C Davis
Birth: Jan. 25, 1843
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Jun. 16, 1861
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

His father Nathan died in a train accident in 1848.

In the 1850 census, Smithfield districts 1 & 4, he is listed as living at the Eliza Vose residence, along with his mother Hannah and sister Betsy.

The 1860 census has him living in Bellingham, MA and his mother had remarried to Horace Cleveland.

Civil War Duty
Enlisted on 4/17/1861 at Providence, RI as a Private.
On 5/2/1861 he mustered into "K" Co. RI 1st Infantry
He died on 6/16/1861 at Camp Sprague, Washington, DC

In Camp Sprague, Washington, D.C., June 16th,Henry C. Davis, son of Nathan and Hannah Davis of Woonsocket, aged 17 years and 6 months.

Woonsocket Patriot & Rhode Island State Register
Woonsocket, RI
Friday, June 21, 1861

--Henry C. Davis, Son of Nathan Davis of this village, a private in Company K, First Regiment of Rhode Island volunteers died in the camp hospital (Camp Sprague) at Washington on Sunday last. He was taken sick on the 29th of May. His disease was endocarditis, or disease of the heart. His age was but 17 years and 6 months. Funeral services were performed in the camp by Rev. Thomas Quinn, the Catholic Chaplin of the regiment. After reading of a Psalm, Father Quinn made the following remarks:

"Fellow Soldiers, We have lost one of our comrades. He has the high honor of being the first martyr that Rhode Island has given to a cause of truth and glory. I will detain you only a few moments; I do not intend to make a speech or to preach a sermon. This is an hour for stirring and determined action. He has performed his duty faithfully and well.

Comrades, take his body home and inter it in the soil upon which he was born. Tell his friends he died nobly and generously at the post of honor. Let his memory be sacred to the hearts of his fellow-citizens. Wrap his body in that starry banner there, in defence (sp) of which he died, and take it home in triumph to his mother."

The body of Mr. Davis reached this village on Monday evening, in charge of Corporal E. S. Bartholomew, who was detailed for this purpose. An escort of citizens received his remains at the Railroad Depot, and took them to the house of Mr. Seth H. Vose, an uncle of the deceased. On Tuesday morning the funeral was solemnized in the Baptist Church, the pastor, Rev. John Jennings, officiating. There was a large attendance of sympathizing citizens; and as a further mark of respect, the flags of the village were placed at halfmast. Mr. Davis is the first soldier who has died in the Rhode Island regiment. Though he did not meet death on the battle-field, yet was it no less honorable; and he is regarded as the first Rhode Islander who has laid down his life during the present war in the cause of this country.

Woonsocket Patriot & Rhode Island State Register
Woonsocket, RI
Friday, June 21, 1861

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  Nathan Davis (1816 - 1848)
Saint James Cemetery
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Plot: 97
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Record added: Apr 30, 2010
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