Note: No photo of a gravestone is possible for this soldier. Initially interred at the Post Cemetery at Fort Taylor in Key West, Florida, his remains were exhumed in 1927, and reinterred at the Barrancas National Cemetery in a group grave with 227 other soldiers from Fort Taylor.
Born in Siegersville, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania in 1841, Henry Beltz was a 20-year-old brick maker residing in Seigersville at the dawn of the Civil War.
CIVIL WAR MILITARY SERVICE
Henry Beltz enrolled for military service at the age of 20 at Allentown in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania on 20 August 1861. He then mustered in for duty at Camp Curtin in Harrisburg, Dauphin County on 31 August 1861 as a Private with Company B. Military records at the time described him as being 5'5-1/2" tall with red hair, gray eyes and a red complexion.
Following a brief training period in light infantry tactics at Camp Curtin, he was sent with his regiment to Washington, D.C. where, beginning 20 September 1861, he was stationed at "Camp Kalorama" on the Kalorama Heights near Georgetown. On 24 September, Private Beltz and his regiment were officially mustered into federal service with the U.S. Army, and helped to defend the nation's capital as part of the Army of the Potomac until being shipped south to Florida during January 1862.
Arriving at Key West, Florida in February 1862, he and his regiment were assigned to garrison Fort Taylor. Soon after, Private Henry Beltz contracted Typhoid, and was confined to the regimental hospital at Fort Taylor.
On 1 March 1862, Private Henry Taylor succumbed to "Pneumonia Typh," passing away at the regimental hospital according to the entry completed for him in an army death ledger. His death was certified by E.W. Baily, M.D., Regimental Surgeon for the 47th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.
According to Lewis Schmidt, author of "A Civil War History of the 47th Regiment of Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers":
"20 year old Pvt. Henry Beltz of Company B died from Typhoid Fever or 'Typhoid Pneumonia'.... Pvt. Beltz died during the night and the Siegersville native was buried in grave #181 in the Key West Post Cemetery. But when his remains were removed in 1927 to the Fort Barrancas National Cemetery they were mishandled, and he was buried in one of a group of 228 individual unknown graves there."
Sources: Bates' "History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861'5"; Civil War Veterans' Card File, Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Register of Deaths of Volunteer Soldiers, U.S. Army (Office of the Quartermaster General), U.S. National Archives, Washington, D.C.; Schmidt's "A Civil War History of the 47th Regiment of Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers."