Henry Ward Camp was born in Hartford. After graduating with high honors from Yale in 1860, he studied law with John Hooker.

The Civil War

Camp enlisted in the Hartford City Guard in April 1861. Governor Buckingham commissioned him as a 2nd Lieutenant in Company I of the 10th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. He was later promoted to 1st Lieutenant in Company D of the 10th CVI and then to Adjutant of that Company in 1862.

In July 1863, following the assault on Fort Wagner, Confederates captured Camp and his good friend, Chaplain Trumbull. He was taken to Charleston then Columbia, South Carolina. He escaped, but was recaptured. He was released in April 1864.

Camp returned to his regiment and was promoted to Major in September of that year. A month later, he was killed in action at Darbytown Road outside of Richmond.

Following the battle, the enemy stripped Camp’s body and buried his remains. The next morning, Camp’s fellow soldiers sent a message to the Confederates asking for his remains.

Chaplain Trumbull accompanied Camp’s body home. He was interred in Spring Grove Cemetery in north Hartford. He was reinterred at Cedar Hill Cemetery after it opened in July 1866.

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Gertz, Janet Elaine. Guide to the Henry Ward Camp Papers. Manuscript and Archives, Yale University Library, New Haven, Connecticut, February 1983.

Trumbull, Henry Clay. A Knightly Soldier: A Biography of Major Henry Ward Camp. Boston, Nichols and Noyes, New York, 1865. Accessed at http://www.archive.org/details/knightlysoldierb00trum

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Henry Ward Camp, Public Domain