Henry Thomas Hunter Biography Page

Private, Co. G

Father: William Hunter
Mother: Martha Davis
Date and Place of Birth: 6/5/1842, Daviess County, Indiana (Barr Township).
Date and Place of Death:  10/8/1862, Perryville, Kentucky.
Place of Burial:

Bethany Cemetery, Daviess County, Indiana (Barr Township).

Military History: Killed at the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, 10/8/1862.  See below.
Comments: Brother of Reuben Hunter and Franklin Marion Hunter
Submitter of Information: Barbara Hunter


Photo Courtesy of Barbara Hunter

Henry Thomas Hunter

Henry Thomas Hunter was born June 5, 1842 in Barr Township, Daviess County, Indiana the second son of Martha (Davis) and William Hunter.  He was a farmer and listed Montgomery Station as his home.  He enrolled September 28, 1861 at Daviess County, Indiana and was mustered in October 10, 1861 as a Private in Captain McCarty’s Co., Company G, 42nd Regiment Indiana Infantry at Evansville, Indiana.  Company Muster Rolls to December 31, 1861, for January and February 1862, for March and April 1862, and for May 31 to August 31, 1862 show him ‘present’.  Company Muster Roll for August 31 to December 31, 1862 show him “killed at C. Hills (another name for Perryville, Kentucky) October 8, 1862.”  He is buried in Bethany Cemetery, Barr Township, Daviess County, Indiana.  A government marker identifies his grave.


Notes from Barbara Hunter about Henry Hunter and another 42nd Indiana soldier, Andrew J. Brown:

My grandfather, William Austin Hunter, as trustee of the Bethany Christian Church Cemetery along with his wife, Mary Jane, began a tradition each Memorial Day to take a picnic lunch to the cemetery so they would be there to accept contributions for the upkeep of the cemetery from the people visiting the graves of their loved ones.  This became a tradition for my immediate family as well, and on one of these annual visits on 'Decoration Day,' we were placing flowers on my great-grandfather and great-grandmother's graves when I noticed two graves just to the north with government markers.  On that sunny Memorial Day, 1961, my father told me that these two graves were two young men who had fought in the Civil War and both being killed in the same battle.  They had been buddies and when their bodies were returned for burial, they were buried side by side.  He proceeded to tell me that one was the son of my great-great-grandfather, William Hunter.

The government markers read as follows:

son of
Wm. & M. Hunter
Oct 8, 1862
aged 20 yrs. 1 mo. & 3 days
He Was In Co. G 42nd Reg. I.V.
"Then conquer we must for it is just
and this be our motto, in god is our trust"


Son of
W. & M.A. Brown
Oct 8, 1862
Aged 19 yrs. & 8 days
He Was In Co. G 42nd Reg. I.V.



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