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Henry H. Weaver – Died in War at Jeffersonville, Indiana

Posted By on April 6, 2016

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Henry H. Weaver is buried at David’s Cemetery, Killinger, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  He died in late 1861 or early 1862 at Jeffersonville, Indiana, of disease, presumably “congestion of the lungs.”

From the Diary of William Thomas, of Lykens Borough, who also served in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B, with Weaver, which was compiled by John Rowell in Yankee Cavalrymen, we learn:

The weather was especially important to thee men who drilled and marched in the open and only had tents for shelter.  From their observations, we learn that December of 1861 was generally pleasant, but some days were “Cold and rainy.”   “Cold and gloomy,” and “Cold and rough winds all day.”  Consecutive diary entries in early January recorded, “No drill on account of the rain,” “raining all day,” and “Cold day,” and “Cold and Snowy.” Then another day of rain was followed by two cold days and then by a “very cold day[,] the ground Froze [,] Hard and Slipy [,] Horses can Hardly Walk.”  Two days later, “Had a Thunder storm in the night and pretty near all our tents Drowned out with the rain.”

Exposed to the variable weather, marching in mud, and often soaked to the skin, large numbers of the men were soon in the hospital.  Deaths occurred frequently.  On December 20, William Thomas wrote, “Solemn procession in the afternoon after the corpes of H. H. Weaver of Company B with our Black Horses to the station w[h]ere he was sent home to his friends in Millersburg.  [pages 36-37].

Henry H. Weaver enrolled in the regiment on 11 November 1861 at Camp Cameron and was mustered into service on the same day, Company B, at the rank of Private.  At the time he enrolled, he was an 18 year old, 5 foot 8 inch tall farmer, who resided in Dauphin County. He had dark complexion, brown hair and blue eyes.

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On 11 August 1890, Henry’s father, George G. Weaver applied for pension benefits based on his son’s service, which he received and collected until his death.  At this time it is not known when George died, but since he was born about 1811, he could not have lived too long after he applied for and received the pension.  Henry’s mother, Hannah [Heim] Weaver, died in 1888.  The above Pension Index Card is from Ancestry.com.

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Henry H. Weaver is named on the Millersburg Soldier Monument as shown above.

For those wishing to do further research on Henry H. Weaver, several documents from the pension file are reproduced below.  Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the documents.

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