THE CIVIL WAR
Henry Van Valkenberg?

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Description 6th plate tintype of an unidentified young man in uniform, probably Henry Van Valkenberg, with stamped brass mat and scroll opening, stamped brass preserver, glass, and no case.
Year Range from 1862
Event Civil War
Year range to 1863
Medium Glass/Photographic Emulsion/Brass/Tin
Notes Full standing view of a young man, probably Henry Van Valkenberg. The Image was "Found in Collection", but an inventory of cased images done in the 1940s lists an image of Henry Van Valkenberg in his Civil War uniform. He wears a P1858 Uniform Coat with shoulder scales (worn by members of the Heavy Artillery); waist belt with bayonet scabard and plate; sky-blue trousers; and a forage cap with rubberized cloth rain cover.
Henry Van Valkenberg was born on Aug./Sept. 1, 1830 at Fultonham, Schoharie County, New York. He was a son of John and Phebe (Wagner) Van Valkenburg. Henry was raised as a farmer at New York. He removed to Wisconsin in 1855 and settled at Plainfield, Waushara County. Henry was married there on Sept. 25, 1860 to Susannah Richards. She was born on Feb. 1, 1836/8 near Miamisburg, Tioga County, Pennsylvania and she was a daughter of Solomon and Susannah (Alden) Richards. Solomon was born on Oct. 12, 1799 and his wife was born at Plainfield, Massachusetts on Feb. 11, 1800. Solomon died on Mar. 3, 1885 and his wife died on Dec. 19, 1878. Both are buried in Oshkosh, Winnebago County at Riverside Cemetery, Block 15. Susannah came to Wisconsin with her parents about 1854. She taught in the rural schools of Marquette County. Henry farmed at Plainfield until 1861 and then moved to Westfield, Marquette County. He enlisted at Springfield on Aug. 15, 1862 and was assigned as private in Company A, 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Heavy Artillery. Henry was mustered out on June 26, 1865. He had been ill while in the service and was a patient in the company hospital. He came to Oshkosh, Winnebago County with his family in 1871. Henry and Susannah had only one daughter, Nettie R. VanValkenburg. She was born on Aug. 30, 1866 and died at Oshkosh on Dec. 19, 1878/9. Susannah (Alden) Richards died in the same house on that same day. Susannah, wife of Henry, was elected President of the Women's Relief Corps at Oshkosh when it was first formed in 1887. She was a nurse during the Civil War and served as a civilian in several hospitals at Virginia. Henry was listed in 1888 as a member of GAR Post #10 at Oshkosh. He was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the city of Oshkosh. Henry died at Oshkosh on Jan. 25, 1901. Susannah A. was listed as his widow in 1905. She was then residing at 94 Franklin Avenue in Oshkosh. The published biography of Susannah is available at the Oshkosh Public Museum. She died on May 17, 1930 at the Wisconsin Veterans' Home at King. Henry and Susannah are buried with her parents at Riverside Cemetery.
Object ID P1930.3.4
Object Name Tintype
People Van Valkenburg, Henry
Print size 3 3/4" x 3 1/4"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Male
Civil War
Artillery (Troops)
1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery
Soldiers
Title Henry Van Valkenberg?
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