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Henry Drum Wood was born in May of 1845 in Rensselaerville, Albany County, NY To Joseph Wood (B. Dec 9, 1802, D. Feb 9, 1892) and Anna Thorne (B. Feb 26, 1808, D. Feb 6, 1891).[1][2][3][4][5] He came from a family of eleven and was a middle child.[3] He had an older brother Hiram B. Wood, who was born in about 1840 in Berne.[2][3]

Marriage & Children

Henry appears never to have married.[6]


Henry worked as a farmer like his older brother before he enlisted in the 7th Heavy Artillery Regiment.[2]

Military Service

Residence: Berne[1]
Place of Birth: Rensselaerville[1]
Date of Birth: May 1845[1]
Names of Parents: Joseph (Wood) and Ann Thorn[1]
Marital Status: Single[1]
Occupation: Farmer[1]
Term of Enlistment: 3 years[1]
Enlistment Date: 15 Feb 1864[2][7]
Enlistment Place: Berne, NY[1]
Enlistment Rank: Private[2][7]
State Served: New York
Regiment: 7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery[7][8]
Company: Company K[2][7][8]
Captured on: 16 Jun 1864[2]
Captured at: Petersburg, VA[2]
Imprisoned at: Andersonville, GA[7]
Paroled on: 28 Apr 1865[2]
Paroled at: Jacksonville, FL[2]
Muster Out Date: 24 Jun 1865[2][7]
Muster Out Place: Albany, NY
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 18.[2] His brother Hiram B. Wood also served in Company K of the 7th Heavy Artillery Regt, was captured the same day and place, was imprisoned at Andersonville prison however he did not survive.[2] "Went through the seven days fight at the Battle of the Wilderness and Battle of Cold Harbor. Sitll living. Discharged. P.O. Address Huntersland Schoharie Co N.Y."[1] Suffered chronic diarrhea.[7]

Born in Rensselaerville, Age 18, Farmer, Blue eyes, Brown hair, Light complexion, 5'9" tall.[9]

Sources Used: Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of NY for the year 1898; Ancestry.com, American Civil War Soldiers and Andersonville Prisoners of War; Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


Henry was born into the large family of eleven children of Joseph Wood and his wife Anna Thorne.[1][2][3][4][5] His father had various occupations including shoemaker, Methodist Preacher and farmer, but in general the family was quite poor and they moved frequently.[6] At the time of Henry's birth in 1846 they lived in Rensselaerville, but by 1850 they were living in Broome, Schoharie county, NY.[1][4] In 1855 the frame house that they lived in Berne, Albany county, NY was only valued at $75.[5] They continued to live in Berne at least up until Henry's enlistment in the Civil War in February of 1864.[2] Henry's slightly older brother Hiram B. Wood had enlisted in the 7th Heavy Artillery Regiment's Company K two years before Henry's enlistment.[2] Henry and his brother Hiram were both captured on June 16, 1864 at Petersburg, Va.[2] They were then both sent to Andersonville prison where Hiram died on April 19, 1865.[2][7] Tragedy turned when Henry was paroled less than two weeks later on April 28, 1865 at Jacksonville, Florida.[2] He mustered out about two months later in Albany.[2] Unfortunately little is known about what happened to Henry after his Civil War service. He was not living with his parents in Rensselaerville in 1870, however in 1880 he was living with his brother Orville B. Wood and his family in Broome, Schoharie County, NY.[10][11] No occupation was given for Henry, but his brother Orville was a farmer. On August 24, 1881, Henry filed for his Civil War pension.[8] He was documented in the 1890 US Veterans Census living in Middleburgh, Schoharie County, NY and reported that he had chronic diarrhea as a result of his Andersonville imprisonment.[7] That was the last record found on Henry.


Henry died in 1925 and was buried at the Middleburgh Cemetery, Middleburgh,Schoharie County, NY


Additional Research Notes

Additional Media

Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War

Formal name: Complete Record Relating to Officers, Soldiers, and Seamen Composing the Quotas of Troops Furnished to the United States..in the War of the Rebellion The registers provide military service data and personal biographical information regarding the men furnished by each town or city during the Civil War.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Bernehistory.org
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 1850 US Census, Broome, Schoharie Co, NY
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 1855 NY State Census, Berne, Albany Co, NY
  6. 6.0 6.1 US Censuses
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 1890 US Veterans Census, Middleburgh, Schoharie Co, NY
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Civil War Pension Index, www.ancestry.com
  9. NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Ancestry.com Military databases
  10. 1870 US Census, Rensselaerville, Albany Co, NY
  11. 1880 US Census, Broome, Schoharie Co, NY