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Shaw, Henry Charles


Age: 29, credited to Waitsfield, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF, 1st NH INF
Service: ASURG, 1st NH INF, comn ASURG, 5th VT INF, 8/15/61 (8/15/61), d/dis 9/7/1862

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Birth: 1832, Waitsfield, VT
Death: 09/07/1862

Burial: Irasville Cemetery, Waitsfield, VT
Marker/Plot: 2
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 66949728


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
Portrait?: VHS Collections
College?: DC 58
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: None


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Irasville Cemetery, Waitsfield, VT

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History of the New Hampshire Surgeons

Hanover, N. H.
SHAW, HENRY C. F. and S.; b. Waitsfield, Vt; age 28; res. Hanover; app. April 30, '61; must. in May 2, '61, as Asst. Surg.; must. out Aug. 9, '61. Died Sept. 7, '62, Alexandria, Va., while a member of 5 Vt. Inf. (Record, Ayling's Register, 1895, p. 19.)
The above is the record from Adjutant-General Ayling's office and is supplemented by the following memorial record in the history of Waitsfield, Vt., which was prepared by Rev. A. B. Dascomb.
"Went out from this town as assistant surgeon of the First New Hampshire Regiment. Serving out his time, which was three months, he returned, and again went into the army; served as assistant surgeon in the Fifth Vermont Regiment, and died of fever at Alexandria, Va., September 7, 1862, at the age of thirty years. His remains were brought home for interment."
The general catalogue of Dartmouth College shows that Dr. Shaw was graduated from the medical department in the class of 1858. Dr. William Child, of the class of 1857, says that Dr. Shaw remained at Hanover as an assistant to Dr. Ben Crosby, and was residing in Hanover at the time the First Regiment was called for, and was commissioned, at the same time as Surgeon Crosby, as assistant surgeon of the First New Hampshire (three months) Volunteers. From the record of the Fifth Vermont Regiment, it appears that Dr. Shaw was commissioned assistant surgeon in that regiment in a few days after being mustered out of the First New Hampshire, and probably went immediately to the front with the regiment. He seems to have been a young man of ability and to have attracted the attention of his superior officers. The brigade surgeon under whom he served, Dr. Henry James of Waterbury, Vt., says: "I have seldom met a young man to whom I was more strongly attracted. He was a fine-looking, symmetrically proportioned, agile and healthy man, with a clean, intelligent face, a remarkably pleasing address, and had the manners of a cultivated gentleman."
It seems that Dr. Shaw was taken ill about the close of the seven days' fight on the Peninsula, and was sent with others to Alexandria on a transport, and died there September 7, 1862.

Source: "History of the New Hampshire Surgeons in the War of Rebellion," Conn, Granville P., Ira C. Evans Co., Printers, Concord, NH, pp. 8-9


The son of Lucius and Happylona (Steele) Shaw, was born at Waitsfield, Vermont, in 1833. He was fitted for college at the West Randolph, Vermont, Academy, and entered with our class, but took up his standing at the end of freshman year. He was a brother of Lucius S. Shaw of the class of 1857.

After leaving college he commenced the study of medicine, and was graduated from the Medical Department of Dartmouth in 1858. He was commissioned an assistant surgeon of the First New Hampshire Infantry, three months regiment, serving from May 2, 1861, to August 9, following. His residence at this time was given as Hanover. He soon after joined the Fifth Vermont Infantry in the same capacity, and served until he died of fever, at Alexandria, Virginia, September 7, 1862.

Source: Samuel L. Gerould, Biographical Sketches of the Class of 1858 Dartmouth College, (Telegraph Publishing Co., Nashua, NH), 142.


DR. HENRY C. SHAW went from this town as Assistant Surgeon of the 2d N.H. Reg.; serving out his time, 3 months, returned as Assistant Surgeon in 5th Vt. Reg., died of fever at Alexandria, Va., Sept. 7, '62. His remains were brought home for interment.

LUCIUS S. SHAW, Esq., brother of Dr. Henry C. Shaw, while practicing law in Lawrence, Kansas, enlisted in the 2d Kansas Reg., was promoted Lieut., and killed Sept 3, '61, by an accident on the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, caused by the burning of a bridge. His body lies beside that of his brother.

Hemenway's Historical Gazetteer, 1882, iv:798

Submitted By: Deanna French.


Vermont Journal

Sept. 20, 1862

In Alexandria, Va., Sept. 8th, of typhoid fever Dr. Henry C. Shaw, of Waitsfield, Vt., Assistant Surgeon of the 5th Reg't. Vt. Vols., aged 30 years.

Contributed by Tom Boudreau.