The photographer was related, I believe it was a brother, but haven't
pinned it down yet.
From Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
by John H. Selkreg, 1894; D. Mason & Co., Publisher
Born in Gloustershire, England, and was eleven years of age when his
parents came to this country. William, the father, was a mason by trade,
and located in Auburn for a short time, then moved to Ithaca, where
he followed his trade till his death in 1879, aged seventy-two years;
his wife died in 1890, aged ninety-three years. Of their six children,
Henry W. was next to the youngest. He was educated in the old Lancastrian
School and his first occupation was with his father. After a short time
he went to learn the printer's trade, which he followed till the breaking
out of the war. September 25, 1862, he enlisted in the 137th New York
Volunteers, and saw service with this regiment till the battle of Gettysburg,
where he was seriously wounded, from the effects of which he lay in
hospital until May of the next year, when he was discharged and returned
to Ithaca. In 1865 he entered the employ of the D. L. & W. R. R.,
and for twenty-one years he filled the position of telegraph dispatcher
for this company. In 1885 he resigned this position, and the same year
bought the general grocery store of T. S. CULVER, at the corner of Aurora
and Marshall streets, where he has ever since been in business. Mr.
STEPHENS is a member of Hobasco Lodge No. 716, F. & A. M. In February,
1858, he married Julia A. CAREY, of Romulus, Seneca county, and they
have four children: Henry E., a machinist of Elgin, Ill., Will B., an
artist, Mrs. Julia E. JUDD, and Clara B.
Summary of the Military Service Record of Henry Stephens,
from the National Archives.
Pension Certificate - 31,572
Name STEPHENS, Henry W.
Post Office Ithaca
Pensioned for wd. Lft. Shoulder joint
Monthly Rate $18.00
Date of original allowance Oct. 1866
The 137th New York mustered into service on September 25, 1862. Records
show that Henry enlisted on August 16th, 1862 and mustered in on August
28th, 1862. On 5th November while on picket duty in Harper's Ferry a musket
ball struck index finger of his right hand shattering the articulating
extremity of the 2d and 3rd phalanges. In consequence of which the finger
is crooked, stiff and permanently extended. On July 2nd, 1863, he was
hit by a musket ball entered left axilla posterior and emerged near the
[xxxx] traversing the joint many pieces of bone escaped and the wound
finally healed after entering hospital on this Station to which he was
transported from Little York, Pa, 12th. February. The elbow can be freely
flexed but the shoulder and musculature of the arm and forearm are wasted.
The wounds which this soldier has recieved produce total disibility and
disqualify for service in the Invalid Corps.
The 137th New York played a pivotal part in the Battle of Gettysburg.
It was this unit that on the night of July 2nd, repulsed the Confederate
attack on the previously abandoned works on Culp's Hill. It was during
this battle that Henry took the bullet in his shoulder. They were the
extreme right flank of the Union lines on that night. Stretched a double
interval, there were times where the unit was taking fire from three sides.
Pictures from Gettysburg.
Updated March 2012