|Birth||Jan. 1, 1843|
|Death||May 15, 1938|
|Cemetery||Grand Island (Grand Island)|
|Post||Lyon (Grand Island)|
|Unit||72nd New York Infantry, Company D|
Musician Henry K. Bevier
Company D, 72nd New York Infantry
Bevier was born on January 1, 1843 in New York State. One Civil War source spells his last name “Brevier”. He enlisted on May 28, 1861 as a musician at Dunkirk, New York. He was mustered on June 20, 1861 and served a 3 year enlistment. He was mustered out on June 19, 1864 at Petersburg, Virginia.
The 72nd New York Infantry was organized at Camp Scott on Staten Island, New York. It was part of the Army of the Potomac and was involved in many major battles and operations during the Civil War. Some of them include:
Battle of Fredericksburg (VA) (December 12-15, 1862).
Battle of Chancellorsville (VA) (May 1-5, 1863).
Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863).
Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864).
Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (VA) (May 8-12, 1864).
The regiment suffered heavy casualties at the Battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. The unit lost 11 soldiers, 31 were wounded, 45 were taken prisoner, and 2 were reported missing at Chancellorsville. Gettysburg was very costly. The regiment lost 7 soldiers, 76 were wounded, 6 were taken prisoner, and 1 was reported missing.
For the entire Civil War, the regiment lost 11 officers and 150 enlisted men in combat. Another 89 died due to disease. The total loss was 250 soldiers.
Henry K. Bevier died on May 15, 1938 (age of 95 years) and is buried in the Grand Island Cemetery in Grand Island (Hall County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Lyon Post (#11) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Grand Island.
Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.