Henry B. Harshaw

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Collection Dr. William H. Titus
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Albumen print on Carte de Visite mount of Henry B. Harshaw.
Year Range from 1863
Event Civil War
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1864
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper
Neg # 20600
Notes Seated view Carte de Viste of 2nd Lieutenant Henry B. Harshaw, Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Infantry, wearing fatigue blouse and shoulder bars, enlisted April 4, 1861 from Oshkosh, promoted to Sergeant Major September 8, 1862, and 2nd Lieutenant March 3, 1863. Wounded at Battle of Laurel Hill, Virginia on May 5, 1864, left arm amputated. Discharged when regiment mustered out on June 28, 1864.
Henry B. Harshaw was born on June 13, 1842 at Washington County, New York. He was a son of George and Reliance Harshaw. George was born circa 1795 in Ireland and Reliance was born circa 1801 at New York. Henry came to Wisconsin with his father in 1849 and settled at Oconomowoc, Waukesha County. In 1854 the family removed to Oshkosh, Winnebago County, where Henry attended school until 1859. He then attended a one year course in Beaver Dam, Dodge County at Wayland University. In 1860 he taught at a country school near Ripon, Green Lake County. George, his father, was listed in the 1860 federal census as residing in the fourth ward of the city of Oshkosh. Residing with him was his wife and sons Henry and Albert Harshaw. Albert was born circa 1844 at New York. Residing next door at that time was another son, William, who is the subject of a following sketch. Reliance died at Oshkosh on Feb. 7, 1868 at the age of 66 years and 6 months. Henry enlisted at Oshkosh on Apr. 21, 1861 and was assigned as above. He was then promoted to Sergeant Major in that regiment on Sept. 8, 1862. Henry was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant of that company on Mar. 3, 1863 and was an Assistant Aide de Camp from Oct. 9, 1863 through Apr. 15, 1864. He was wounded at Laurel Hill, Maryland on May 8, 1864. Henry's left arm was amputated near the shoulder due to his wound while he was a patient at Seminary Hospital in Washington, DC and he rejoined Company E on June 19, 1864. He was mustered out on June 28, 1864 at the end of his term of enlistment. Henry was married on Dec. 21, 1864 to Georgia M. Finney. She was born in 1839 at Sackett's Harbor, New York. Her parents removed with their family to Wisconsin in 1842 and settled at Oshkosh. Georgia was a sister of Edwin E. Finney from a pre-vious sketch. Henry was listed in 1868 as the clerk of circuit court and residing at 80 High Street in the city of Oshkosh. He held that elected position from 1866 through 1878 and resigned only to accept the appointment as postmaster for the city of Oshkosh and to practice law. Henry had a daughter, not yet named when the birth was registered, who was born in Oshkosh on Nov. 23, 1880/1. He formed a law partnership with A.W. Weisbrod in 1879. He was listed in 1883 as residing at P.O. Oshkosh and receiving a pension of $24 per month for the loss of his arm. When Gen. Lucius Fairchild was elected Governor of Wisconsin in 1886 he appointed Henry to his staff with the rank of Colonel. In November of that same year, Henry was elected as a republican to the position of State Treasurer. He was listed in the veteran section of the 1885 and 1895 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Oshkosh. Henry was listed in 1888 as a member of GAR Post #241 at Oshkosh. He was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the town of Oshkosh at P.O. Oshkosh. He was involved in many business, service and charitable organizations at Oshkosh. Georgia died at Milwaukee in Feb. 1893 while visiting her daughter and seeking treatment for a heart disease. Henry died at the home of his only child, Mrs. T.H. Hay, in Milwaukee on Dec. 25, 1900. He had been taken there three months earlier while suffering the effects of a throat cancer. Flora Angie Harshaw, his daughter, was married in Winnebago County on Apr. 27, 1887 to Thomas Hamilton Hay.
Object ID P2000.20.1
Object Name carte de visite
People Harshaw, Henry B.
Place New York, NY
Print size 2.5" x 4"
Subjects Civil War
2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Iron Brigade
Title Henry B. Harshaw
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