Henry J Davis


BirthApril 25, 1840
DeathJan. 29, 1937
CemeteryAnsley (Ansley)
PostStone's River (Mason City)
Unit48th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A

Private Henry J Davis

Company A, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry

Davis was born in Pennsylvania on April 25, 1840. He was living in Ashton, Pennsylvania when he enlisted on August 12, 1861. The 21-year old wheelwright was mustered on September 17, 1865. He re-enlisted on January 1, 1864 at Cincinnati, Ohio and served 46 months during the War. Davis was mustered out on July 17, 1865 at Alexandria, Virginia.

The 48th Pennsylvania Infantry was organized at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in September, 1861. During Davis’ enlistment, the regiment was involved in major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

2nd Battle of Bull Run (VA) (August 29-30, 1862). Regimental losses were 11 killed and 14 wounded in 2 days of fighting.

Battle of Antietam (VA) (September 16-17, 1862).

Battle of Fredericksburg (VA) (December 12-15, 1862).

Siege of Knoxville (TN) (November 17-December 5, 1863).

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864).

Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (VA) (May 12-21, 1864).Regimental losses were 19 killed and 17 wounded during 4 days of fighting.

Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864). Regimental losses were 10 killed, 9 wounded, 2 were captured, and 3 reported missing over 3 days of fighting.

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

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

The regiment suffered heavy casualties throughout the Civil War. Eleven (11) officers and 145 enlisted men were killed in combat operations. In addition, 3 officers and 142 enlisted men died due to disease. The total loss was 301 members during the War.

Davis died on January 29, 1937 at the age of 96 years. He is buried in the Ansley Cemetery in Ansley (Custer County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Stone’s River Post (#339) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Mason City.

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


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