Henry Sheldon

BirthSept. 23, 1841
DeathJan. 23, 1937
CemeteryGeneva (Geneva)
PostWilson (Geneva)
Unit8th Illinois Cavalry, Company L

Private Henry Sheldon

Company L, 8th Illinois Cavalry

Sheldon was born in New York on September 23, 1841. He was residing in Ringwood (McHenry County), Illinois when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on September 24, 1861. Sheldon re-enlisted on November 30, 1864 and served nearly 4 years. He was discharged on July 17, 1865 at Benton Barracks (St Louis), Missouri.

The 8th Illinois Cavalry served in the Army of the Potomac. The unit was part of the search for John Wilkes Booth and served as President Lincoln’s honor guard.

Sheldon died on January 23, 1937 at the age of 95 years. He is buried in the Geneva Cemetery in Geneva (Fillmore County), Nebraska. Sheldon was a member of the Wilson Post (#22) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Geneva.

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