Biographical sketch of HENRY C. PEASLEY from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans three (3) pages: 360-362
HENRY C. PEASLEY
When the war of the Rebellion broke out in 1861 it was fortunate for the cause of the Union that among the population of the North there were so many youths just entering manhood, intelligent, strong, vigorous, and fired with an ambition to date everything in behalf of the institutions of their native land.It was this element that swelled the army of the North in the beginning and which kept it replenished in the field year after year, the boy of ’60 and ’61 becoming the trained soldier of ’64 and ’65.One of these youths who entered the service of the Union the second year of the war is Henry C. Peasley, a native of Crown Point, Essex county, New York, born November 1, 1842, who is the subject of this sketch, and now resides in St. Clair county, Michigan.
Henry C. Peasley is the son of William and Diana (Moore) Peasley, both natives of New Hampshire.The childhood and youth of both parents were spent in their native state, and there they were married, soon afterward removing to New York.For a number of years after moving to the Empire state the father followed lumbering, but later turned his attention to farming, in which calling he was quite successful.Here they lived, honored and respected, rearing in comfort an interesting family of ten children, and here they died, beloved and mourned.In politics he was a Republican, and a man whose influence was not confined to the township in which he lived.In his locality he held many of the minor political offices, but solely as a matter of accommodation to his friends and neighbors.Both parents were members of the Congregational church, and regular attendants upon its services.Their children were Elbert, a blacksmith, who lives at Plattsburg; Annette, Celia, Henry, William and Irving all reside at Crown Point, New York; Henry is the subject of this sketch, and will be more fully referred to later; John, Marvin and Carleton are dead.Each was favored with the opportunity of obtaining a good common school education.
The early life of Henry C. Peasley was spent upon his father’s farm, and all of the hard work common to the boy of that day and generation fell to him.In the winter he attended the district school, and was far-seeing enough to profit by its instruction.He was still vibrating between the farm and the school room when the war of the Rebellion broke out.For a while he hesitated, as many others did, possibly dissuaded from taking the step by the pleadings of loving relatives and friends.At length, in September, 1862, a period that is considered the darkest of those four terrible years, he could stand it no longer, but donned his uniform, shouldered his musket and marched to the front.He enlisted at Crown Point in Company H, Fifth Regiment New York Volunteer Cavalry.The services of men were too much in demand at the front at that time to permit of many preliminaries or much drill.The Fifth New York became a part of the Army of the Potomac, and as such was accorded very little rest of recreation.In participated in the battles of Manassas, Winchester, Gettysburg, Hanover, Stevensburg, Mine Run, Cold Harbor, and in the nine days’ fight of Wilson’s raid, and numerous other minor battles, engagements and skirmishes, and at the battle of Winchester the fight was opened by this regiment.July 29, 1864, the subject was captured by the Confederates and taken to Andersonville, where he remained until September 14, when he was one of eleven thousand Federal prisoners taken to Florence, South Carolina.Here he was released December 28, 1864, on parole, and came home.June 18, 1865, he again joined his regiment, then at Winchester, and eleven days afterward, with twenty-nine others, received an honorable discharge, being incapacitated by ill-health from duty.About the time of entering the service his customary weight was about two hundred pounds, but the hardships he endured in prison had so undermined his health that he was reduced to a mere shadow of his former self, his weight when he was mustered out being only one hundred and fifteen pounds.
At the close of the war Mr. Peasley returned to Crown Point, and for eight years engaged in teaming.In 1873 he moved to St. Clair county, Michigan, and for six years was employed in the pine woods.Then, on September 5, 1879, he was united in marriage to Miss Carrie Bartlett, of Kimball township.To them have been born three children, via: Guy H., who is at Port Huron, employed in the Upton works, is a graduated of Gutcher’s Business College at Detroit; Cyrus, who is at home, is a student in the Dean Business College at Port Huron, and Anna, who also resides at home, is a student at the St. Clair high school.In 1896 Mr. Peasley invested in sixty-eight acres of land in St. Clair township.For fifteen years up to 1901 he has farmed, rented land, and, despite the exactions of a heavy rental, he has been fairly successful.Last year he erected a comfortable home on his own place and otherwise improved his land, so that at this time he finds himself and family beneath their own vine and fig tree, comfortable and contented.On his place is twelve acres of nice timber, of which he is very proud.He engages in no special or particular line of farming, but devotes himself to the cultivation of the soil and the raising of stock.Wheat, corn, oats, hay, horses, cattle and hogs, each and all receive a fair share of his attention and labor.While he has always been a very zealous Republican, he never sought any favor at the hands of his party or solicited any political preferment whatever.He is a Master Mason at St. Clair, a Knight of Pythias, a member of Miles Post, G. A. R., and of the Congregational church.All his life hard work has been his portion, and his experience in the army was not calculated to benefit him physically, still, despite the weight of his three-score years, he is vigorous and agile, with a fair promise of many years more of useful life.He is a man of genial, kindly disposition, and of the strictest integrity.
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