Baxter, Henry Clay
Age: 18, credited to Derby, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 12/12/63, m/i 12/12/63, PVT, Co. D, 11th VT INF, pr CPL 12/26/63, pr SGT 1/18/64, comn 2LT, Co. I, 3/29/64 (5/9/64), pr 1LT, Co. A, 10/16/64 (11/17/64), Bvt CPT 10/19/64, for gallantry in every engagement since 5/16/64, especially at Cedar Creek VA, Bvt MAJ 4/2/64, for gallantry at Petersburg, m/o 6/24/65 [College: NU 66]
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Birth: 12/16/1844, Derby, VT
Burial: Strafford Cemetery, Strafford, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: R. N. Ward Jr.
Findagrave Memorial #: 119860861
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Mary E, 3/12/1891, WA
Portrait?: VHS Collections
College?: NU 66
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(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: more off-site
Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career
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Strafford Cemetery, Strafford, VT
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Major Henry C. Baxter
The late Major Henry C. Baxter, whose death and burial at Strafford, have been mentioned in our columns had a good record as a soldier. In December 1863, when a boy of 18 years, he entered company D, Captain Aldace F. Walker, of the 11th Vermont regiment, heavy artillery. He was promoted to be a sergeant within a month, and three months later was commissioned as second lieutenant of Company I. He was soon detailed upon the staff of the 1st Vermont brigade and was specially mentioned in the official reports for gallantry in the battles of the Opequan and Cedar Creek, in latter of which he was wounded. Gen. L. A. Grant, in a letter to his brother, W. P. Baxter, of Chicago says: "I always found your brother gallant and brave, ready to do his duty, quick to comprehend and ready to execute. He was quite young to perform the duties of a staff officer, but he did it well and merited commendation on every occasion. He was found true as steel in every place. His loyalty and sense of duty had the true ring. He was a noble boy and a gallant officer." This is high praise from a competent source.
Source: Burlington Free Press, October 7, 1890
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.