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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows PA USA
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5/17/2021 4:01:46 PM
Going through VA soldier records and found this gem. Henry appears to have been pretty footloose. Henry S. Dearen

A 30 year-old Farmer.

Enlisted on 7/20/1861 at Sydnorsville, VA as a Private.

On 7/20/1861 he mustered into "G" Co. VA 57th Infantry


On rolls 6/15/1862 (place not stated)
Deserted 8/7/1862 (place not stated)
Returned 12/21/1862 (place not stated)
Confined 2/15/1863 (place not stated) (For desertion)
Deserted 6/8/1863 (place not stated)
Returned 10/12/1863 (place not stated)
On rolls 4/15/1864 (place not stated)
Wounded 5/10/1864 Chester Station, VA
Hospitalized 5/11/1864 Chimborazo Hospl, Richmond, VA (Shot)
Transferred 5/21/1864 Liberty, VA Hospl
Deserted 8/12/1864 (place not stated) (Deserted to the enemy)
Oath Allegiance 4/28/1865 (place not stated)
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Michigan Dave
Muskegon MI USA
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A hard man to hold.
5/17/2021 5:11:48 PM
Quote:
Going through VA soldier records and found this gem. Henry appears to have been pretty footloose. Henry S. Dearen

A 30 year-old Farmer.

Enlisted on 7/20/1861 at Sydnorsville, VA as a Private.

On 7/20/1861 he mustered into "G" Co. VA 57th Infantry


On rolls 6/15/1862 (place not stated)
Deserted 8/7/1862 (place not stated)
Returned 12/21/1862 (place not stated)
Confined 2/15/1863 (place not stated) (For desertion)
Deserted 6/8/1863 (place not stated)
Returned 10/12/1863 (place not stated)
On rolls 4/15/1864 (place not stated)
Wounded 5/10/1864 Chester Station, VA
Hospitalized 5/11/1864 Chimborazo Hospl, Richmond, VA (Shot)
Transferred 5/21/1864 Liberty, VA Hospl
Deserted 8/12/1864 (place not stated) (Deserted to the enemy)
Oath Allegiance 4/28/1865 (place not stated)



Larry

Wasn't there some situations where this might read;

On rolls 5-17-1863 (place not stated)
Deserted 6-29-1863 (place not stated)
Fire ing squad 7-2-1863 ( end of story!)

A lot simpler on records!
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Phil Andrade
London  UK
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5/17/2021 5:36:40 PM
At least he was wounded, or so the record tells us.

The Spotsylvania fighting, it would appear.

He shed blood for the Confederacy, then.......or was it a self inflicted wound ?


A lot of soldiers in the British army 1914-18 sought refuge from combat through the means of self inflicted wounds : a bullet through the left hand would always arouse suspicion.

I wonder how long Henry Dearen lived, and what he told - or chose not to tell - his children and grandchildren .

Editing : My mistake : I assumed Spotsylvania when I saw the date, but this fight was in the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, in the Drewry’s Bluff sector.



Regards,





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