Henry Eaton - update 8/29/2016

Henry Eaton was born in 1846 in Van Buren County, Michigan, the son of Chauncey (b. 1801) and Jane (b. 1805).

New York natives Chauncey and Jane were married presumably in New York where they resided for some years. Between 1839 and 1846 the family left New York and settled in Michigan. By 1850 Henry was living with his family on a farm in Arlington, Van Buren County. By 1860 Henry was attending school with his three younger siblings and living with his father on a farm in Columbia, Van Buren County.

Henry stood 5’8” with black eyes, dark hair and a dark complexion, and was 18 years old and possibly working in Stronach, Manistee County, or in Hastings, Barry County (his father was living in Hastings in 1864) when he enlisted in Company E on February 8, 1864, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, crediting Stronach, and was mustered the same day.

He joined the Regiment on March 23, was transferred to Company E, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and was wounded on June 17, 1864, near Petersburg, Virginia. On June 28 he was transferred from Staunton (?) general hospital and admitted to Satterlee general hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, suffering from “burns of hands and face from explosion of a caisson.”

He died of valvular heart disease at 8:30 a.m. on July 11, 1864, in ward 4 at Satterlee hospital. Henry was originally buried in Mt. Moriah cemetery and reinterred in Philadelphia National Cemetery: no. 534 or no. 93.

No pension seems to be available.

By 1870 his father had married New York native Caroline (b. 1813), and was working as a farm laborer and living in Hastings, Barry County.