Henry J Kimball

BirthFeb. 8, 1847
DeathAug. 16, 1930
CemeteryGreenwood (Crofton)
Unit1st Massachusetts H Artillery, Company B

Private Henry J Kimball

18th Maine Infantry (predecessor unit)

Company B, 1st Maine Heavy Artillery

Kimball was born in Maine on February 8, 1847. He was residing in Bangor (Penobscot County), Maine when the 16 year old enlisted and mustered in the regiment on February 19, 1863. Kimball served over 3 ½ years and was discharged on September 1, 1866. One source indicates that Kimball was assigned to the regimental drum corps in 1864.

The 1st Maine Heavy Artillery was organized and mustered as the 18th Maine Infantry at Bangor on August 21, 1862. The regiment’s name was changed to the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery in 1863. The unit was assigned to the Army of the Potomac during the spring of 1864 and participated in the Overland Campaign. The unit suffered heavy losses during the remainder of the Civil War. The outfit lost 23 officers and 400 enlisted men in combat and an additional 260 died of disease. Two bloody days of combat illustrate the extensive losses:

May 19, 1864 (Battle of Spotsylvania Court (VA). Seventy-seven (77) soldiers were killed, 403 wounded, 2 were captured, and 1 reported missing.

June 18, 1864 (During the Siege of Petersburg) (VA). During an assault on Confederate forces, the regimental losses were 95 killed and 438 wounded. A monument was built at the battlefield honoring the regiment.

Due to his assignment to the drum corps, it is unknown if Kimball was a combatant during the Overland Campaign. He died on August 16, 1930 at the age of 83 years. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Creighton (Knox County), Nebraska.

The Find-a-Grave website provided additional insight into his life:

Kimball’s father was killed in 1864 during the Battle of Spottsylvania Court House.

After the Civil War, he resided in Washington DC and was an employee of the Department of the Interior.

He moved to Creighton in 1887 and worked was a painter and decorator.

Kimball was blind at the time of his death.

Doc – Kimball(1MASS).doc

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