Albert H Townsend

BirthApril 3, 1842
DeathOct. 17, 1925
CemeteryRose Hill (Stratton)
PostCorinth (Stratton)
Unit11th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A

Private Albert H Townsend

Company A, 11th Pennsylvania Infantry (40th Volunteers)

Townsend was born on April 3, 1842. The 19 year old enlisted in the regiment on August 17, 1861. He was mustered on September 21, 1861 and served over 3 years. He was mustered out on September 3, 1864.

The 11th Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry (40th Volunteers) was organized at Camp Wright (near Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania in June 1861. The unit was engaged in many major battles and campaigns during the Civil War. Some of them include:

Battle of Gaines Hill (VA) (June 27, 1862). Regimental losses were 54 killed, 18 wounded, and 9 captured.

2nd Battle of Bull Run (VA) (August 29-30, 1862).

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

Battle of Fredericksburg (VA) (December 12-15, 1862). Regimental losses were 20 killed, 50 wounded, and 10 captured.

Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863).

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864). Regimental losses were 3 killed, 7 wounded, and 37 captured, and 8 reported missing.

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

The regiment suffered heavy casualties during the War. Eleven (11) officers and 185 enlisted men were lost in combat operations. In addition, the unit lost 1 officer and 112 enlisted men due to disease. The total loss was 309 men.

Townsend died on October 17, 1925 at the age of 83 years. He is buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Stratton (Hitchcock County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Corinth Post (#219) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Stratton. In addition, he was a member of the Gering Post (#265) of the GAR in Gering, Nebraska.

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