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 William Henry, Jr

William Henry, Jr

Birth
Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 10 Mar 1889 (aged 58)
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Burial Belvidere, Warren County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Johnston Addition, Lot 186
Memorial ID 19520 · View Source
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Civil War Union Army Officer. He rose from Adjutant to Lieutenant Colonel and commander of the 1st New Jersey Volunteer Infantry during his Civil War service. Commissioned 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant on May 31, 1861, he served in this capacity in the Battle of First Bull Run and the Peninsular Campaign. Promoted to Major of the regiment on August 12, 1862 to replace Major David Hatfield, who had succumbed to wounds received at the June 27, 1862 Battle of Glendale, he then articipated in the Battles of Second Bull Run, South Mountain and Antietam at this rank. When Lieutenant Colonel Mark Wilkes Collet was promoted Colonel of the 1st New Jersey, Major Henry was advanced to Lieutenant Colonel on November 29, 1862. Serving as second in command at the Battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, he assumed command of the 1st New Jersey, which was part of the famed First New Jersey Brigade, when Colonel Collet was killed at the Battle of Salem Church during the Chancellorsville Campaign (May 3, 1863). He led the regiment at the successive battles of Gettysburg, Mine Run, Wilderness and Spotsylvania. At the last battle he bravely led the unit as it assaulted the "Mule Shoe" salient. After jumping up on the Confederate works and waving his sword in defiance of the rebels, he remained at the front to conduct the retreat of the regiment when its Corps was ordered to pull back. Lieutenant Colonel Henry was the last man of the regiment to leave the battlefield. On March 11, 1864 he received a commission of Colonel, but, due to a regulation prohibiting Colonels from commanding undersized units (the 1st New Jersey's ranks had been vastly reduced by the war) he was not mustered in at that rank, and served the rest of his enlistment as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was mustered out on June 23, 1864 when his term expired, receiving no brevet promotions despite a brave combat record. His younger brother was Captain Joseph Henry of the 9th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, who was the first New Jersey officer to die in combat during the Civil War.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Added: 15 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19520
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry, Jr (15 Dec 1830–10 Mar 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19520, citing Belvidere Cemetery, Belvidere, Warren County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .