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Henry Augustus Weeks

 

Basic Information

Name
Henry Augustus Weeks
Birth
23 Oct 1840
Copenhagen, Lewis, New York, USA
Death
6 Oct 1915
Dickenson Hospital, Northampton, MA
Time In Service
From: 9 Sep 1861
To: 10 Feb 1863

Affiliation

Allegiance
United States of America
Branch of Service
Army
Rank
Not Specified
Unit(s)
Specialty
Infantry
Current Status
Veteran/Prior Service

Service Record

War
American Civil War
Battle(s)

Honors & Awards

Award(s)
Not Specified

Civil War History

Henry Augustus Weeks enlisted in Company G, 22d Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry on 9 September 1861. He went with the unit to Virginia, where he participated in the Peninsular Campaign. Part of the time he served aboard a hosital ship. While enroute back to his unit from the hospital ship, he ran into a Confederate patrol. After engaging the patrol, and allegedly killing several, he was himself shot in the right wrist and taken prisoner - 27 June 1862. He was sent to Libby Prison in Richmond, VA, but was exchanged on 19 July 1862 - a quick turnaround and a lucky circumstance, since Libby, like most Civil War prisons on both sides, was a horrible place.

Upon exchange, he was transferred to the Hospital Ship Vanderbilt and then to the hospital at David's Point, New York (probably the DeCamp Hospital on David's Island, NY, the largest Union hospital). He was finally invalided out due to the wound on 10 Feb 1863.

He would have been lucky to have not lost his arm completely, having been shot with a soft lead bullet. The wound apparently crippled him for the rest of his life.

William_Utley added this on 18 Nov 2012