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Downs, Henry W.


Age: 18, credited to Newfane, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: enl 11/28/61, m/i 2/18/62, PVT, Co. I, 8th VT INF, reen 1/5/64, pr CPL, pr SGT 12/13/63, pr 1SGT 3/21/65, comn 2LT 4/18/65 (4/26/65), m/o 6/28/65 (Medal of Honor)

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Birth: 08/29/1844, Jamaica, VT
Death: 07/02/1911

Burial: Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton, OH
Marker/Plot: Q/7/24
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Wade Davis
Findagrave Memorial #: 597447

Cenotaph: Woodlawn Cemetery, Newfane, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Edwards

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Lovisa B.
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, VHS Collections, 8th Vermont Infantry Regimental History
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: OH
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Widow, Lovisa B. was a Civil War Nurse.


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Dayton National Cemetery, OH

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Cenotaph in Woodlawn Cemetery, Newfane, VT

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This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor

Henry W. Downs

Rank and Organization: Sergeant, Co. I, 8th Vermont Infantry.
Place and date: Winchester, VA, 19 Sep 1864.
Entered service at: Newfane.
Born: 29 Aug 1844, Jamaica.
Died: 2 Jul 1911, Dayton, OH
Buried: Dayton National Cemetery (0-7-24)
Date of Issue: 13 Dec 1893.
Citation: With one comrade, voluntarily crossed an open field, exposed to a raking fire, and returned with a supply of ammunition, successfully repeating the attempt a short time thereafter.

NARA File Number: R&P 332358.


VHS - Reunion Society Collection


John Gibson Collection


Mike Serpa Collection

From the Eighth Regiment History:.

"Then an incident occurs which I shall always remember with peculiar interest. Our rifles become so hot and foul from constant and rapid use, that we are obliged to abandon them and take others from the dead soldiers lying within reach. But our ammunition is giving out, and Sergeants Henry Downs and Lamb volunteer to cross the open field to our rear for more, and soon return with a fresh supply; but none too soon, for the lull in our firing is evidently taken advantage of, and the rebels swarm out from the woods and charge towards us with wild yells. But they are quickly driven back by the fierce volleys along our line. Company I is losing heavily; four of their men are shot dead, and the captain falls and is supposed to be dying. A bullet strikes Sergt. Thorn, glances, and wounds Corporal Eddy, and others are wounded. Three times, after continued firing, our ammunition is exhausted, and Col. Thomas calls for volunteers to go for more cartridges, exposed to a raking fire. Downs and Lamb nobly respond.".



Lieut. H. W. Downs has been successful as a silk manufacturer.

Source: 8th Vermont Infantry Regimental History off-site page 262