Henry, William Wirt
Age: 31, credited to Waterbury, VTVITALS
Birth: 11/21/1831, Waterbury, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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William Wirt Henry
Rank and Organization: Colonel, 10th Vermont Infantry.
Place and date: Cedar Creek, VA, 19 Oct 1864.
Entered service at: Waterbury.
Born: 21 Nov 1831, Waterbury.
Died: 31 Aug 1915.
Buried: Lakeview Cemetery, Burlington, VT (Maple Block, Lot 1.)
Date of Issue: 21 Dec 1892.
Citation: Though suffering from severe wounds, rejoined his regiment and led it in a brilliant charge, recapturing the guns of an abandoned battery.
HENRY, William Wirt, of Burlington, son of James M. and Matilda (Gale) Henry, was born Nov. 21, 1831, in Waterbury.
His educational advantages were limited to the district and village schools of Waterbury and one term in the People's Academy of Morrisville.
He was in California in 1852, whence he returned in 1857, and entered into partnership with his father and brother. Selling out his interest in 1861, he enlisted as a private in Co. D, 2d Vt. Vols. Promoted 1st lieutenant, Co. D, he was present at the first battle of Bull Run, and a few months afterwards he was mustered out on a surgeon's certificate. He again entered the service, August 26, 1862, as major of the 10th Infantry, Vt. Vols., and successively was promoted to the grade of lieutenant-colonel and colonel, and finally to brevet-brigadier-general for gallant and meritorious service during the war. He commanded his regiment at the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Tolopotomy Creek, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Cedar Creek, Va., and Monocacy, Md. Slightly wounded at Cold Harbor and Monocacy, he was hit four times at Cedar Creek. Congress granted him a medal for gallantry at Cedar Creek.
The first entry of General Henry into public life was his appointment as constable in White Oak township, Eldorado county, California, in 1856. After the war he was twice elected state senator from Washington county, and also from Chittenden county, in 1874. He was appointed United States marshal for district of Vermont, in 1879, which office he held for seven years. He was mayor of Burlington in 1887-'88, and appointed immigrant inspector in 1892.
General Henry was married August 5, 1857, to Mary Jane, daughter of Lyman and Mary (Sherman) Beebe. Five children were born to them: Bertram Beebe, Mary Matilda, Ferdinand Sherman, Katie Beebe, and Carrie Eliza. His second wife was Valera, daughter of Timothy J. and Susan P. (White) Heaton, whom he married at Watertown, Dec. 3, 1872.
After his return from the war, General Henry again re-entered the old firm and the business was removed to Burlington. This partnership was dissolved in 1870, and from it sprung the firm of Henry, Johnson & Lord.
General Henry has been prominent in the Masonic fraternity and military societies instituted since the civil war. He received his first degrees in Masonry in Aurora Lodge, Montpelier, in 1858; was a charter member and Past Master of the lodge at Waterbury; also charter member of Burlington Lodge, Burlington. He has enjoyed the honor of Past Grand Master of the I. O. O. F. and department commander of the GAR of Vermont. He has been admitted to the military order of the Loyal Legion, the Society of the Army of the Potomac, and the Knights of Pythias.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 192.
See also: Beyer and Keydel, 445.
NARA File Number: V-224-VS-1864.
Check out this soldier's correspondence in the "William Wirt Henry Correspondence" Collection at the UVM Libraries Center for Digital Initiatives "Vermonters in the Civil War" Collection