Henry Clay


BirthFeb. 22, 1847
DeathJan. 31, 1933
CemeteryPanama (Panama)
Unit5th Michigan Infantry, Company I

Private Henry Clay

Company I, 3rd Michigan Infantry

Company I, 5th Michigan Infantry

Clay was born in England on February 22, 1847. He enlisted and was mustered into the 3rd Michigan Infantry on February 2, 1864 at Grand Rapids. Clay served about 4 months with the regiment before transferring to the 5th Michigan Infantry on June 10, 1864. He served 1 year and 1 month with the unit before being discharged on July 5, 1865 at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

He joined the 5th Michigan in the final year of the War. During his enlistment, the regiment was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River (VA) (May 4-June 15, 1864).

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864). Regimental losses for the entire battle were 20 killed, 69 wounded, and 4 captured.

Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (VA) (May 8-12-21, 1864).

Siege of Petersburg (VA) (June 16, 1864-April 2, 1865).

Appomattox Campaign (VA) (March 28-April 9, 1865).

Fall of Petersburg (VA) (April 2, 1865).

At Appomattox Court House when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia (VA) (April 9, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 23, 1865).

Clay died on January 31, 1933 at the age of 85 years. He is buried in the Panama Cemetery in Panama (Lancaster County), Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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