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  • Lieutenant Colonel Henry Jonathan Biddle, Assistant Adjutant General to General George A. McCall, PRVC

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    Lieutenant Colonel Henry Jonathan Biddle - Assistant Adjutant General to General George A. McCall.

    Biddle was mortally wounded in the fighting during the Peninsula Campaign of 1862.

    Henry Jonathan Biddle:

     Residence was not listed;

    Enlisted on 8/3/1861 as a Captain.

     On 8/3/1861 he was commissioned into

    US Volunteers Adjutant Genl Dept

    He died wounds POW on 7/20/1862

    He was listed as:

    * POW 6/30/1862 New Market Cross Roads, VA

    * Wounded 6/30/1862 New Market Cross Roads, VA

     Other Information:

    born in Pennsylvania

    Henry Jonathan Biddle (May 16, 1817 - July 20, 1862) He entered the University of Pennsylvania in 1830, and graduated with the class of 1834. He later attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was elected to the First Troop of the Philadelphia City Calvary in 1848. Henry J. Biddle, Assistant Adjutant-General on General McCall's staff; was severely wounded in the charge led by Colonel Simmons. When the army moved to the James, he, with many others who could not be removed, fell into the hands of the enemy; he was taken to Richmond, where he died on the 20th of July, 1862. Captain Biddle lead received a military education at West Point, and had for several years been a civil engineer on the railroads in the State of Pennsylvania, and afterwards became one of the firm of Thomas Biddle & Co., bankers and brokers in Phila¬≠delphia. When the war began in 1861, he was appointed an assistant adjutant-general with the rank of captain, and assigned for duty to the Reserve corps. His thorough knowledge of military, duties rendered him a most valuable officer in the work of organizing the division. After the troops entered the field, and engaged in active campaigns, Captain Biddle rose to distinction for meritorious and gallant conduct in the most desperate battles of the war. He later died of wounds sustained in Richmond, Virginia. He was buried near the place he was being hospitalized. His body was exhumed in 1865 and brought home to Philadelphia, where he was buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery.  

    Inventory Number: PRVC 089