Another Trowbridge Son Enters the War

I can only imagine how devastating it must have been for the Trowbridge family to learn of Uzal’s death at Gaines’s Mill; he was just 20 days shy of his 23rd birthday. Uzal (b. 1839) was the seventh child in a family of 10 children born between 1821 and 1844. Some of his nieces and nephews were not much younger than he was.

Whether to take Uzal’s place out of duty to country, to avenge his death, or to answer Lincoln’s call for more troops, another Trowbridge son entered the war. On 26 August 1862–almost two months to the day from Uzal’s death– Henry Augustine Trowbridge (b. 17 July 1835) was mustered in to New Jersey’s Company C 14th Infantry Regiment at age 27.  Thankfully, although wounded by a gunshot through both thighs, Henry survived his term of service and was mustered out with 509 other men on 18 June 1865. The regiment’s total strength at the onset of their service had been 1,384.

  • Resigned            20
  • Promoted          46
  • Discharged        159
  • Transferred       303
  • Death                   249
  • Desertion             97
  • Dismissal               1

Henry, a carpenter, went on to marry Mary Ellen Metz, and they had seven children, Francis Agustus (married), Nettie (school teacher, unm. as of 1908), Priscilla (d. age 10 months), Henry (d. age 16), Elizabeth (unm. as of 1908), Helen (married), and Alice (d. age 4).  At age 63, Henry Sr. passed away on 20 November 1898, in Elizabeth, NJ.

The following brief biography can be found on p. 390 of the 1908 book History of the Trowbridge Family in America, written by Francis Baker Trowbridge and published in New Haven, CT:

Henry Augustus Trowbridge (John 368, Jabez 199, Shuhael 137, David 114, Joseph 105, William 100, Thomas1), born July 17, 1835, in New Providence, N. J.; died November 20, 1898, in Elizabeth, N. J. ; married May 14, 1868, in Elizabeth.  Mary Ann Metz, daughter of Anton and Elizabeth (Marlow) Metz, born April 3, 1843, in New York City. She resides in Elizabeth.

Henry A. Trowbridge went in 1852 to Elizabeth. N. J., where he served a three-year apprenticeship at carpentry. In 1855 he went to Davenport, Iowa, where he worked at his trade four years, then returning to Elizabeth, where he continued working at his trade until the summer of 1862, when he enlisted in the army during the Civil War. He was enrolled August 16, 1862, for three years’ service in Company C, 14th New Jersey Infantry. He participated in the battles of Locust Grove. Mine Run, Winchester, Cedar Creek and the Wilderness. He was wounded during the battle of Cold Harbor, June 1, 1864, receiving a gunshot wound through both thighs. He was mustered out June 18, 1865.

After his discharge from the army he returned to Elizabeth, where he subsequently married and where he continued to follow his trade the remainder of his life. He was a member of Ulric Dahlgren Post, G. A. E., of Elizabeth.

I have some war-time letters sent by Henry to his nieces and nephews, children of his eldest sister Mary Jane and her husband Francis Woodruff. I will share some of them in future posts.

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