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Henry Hobart Alvord (1830-?)
Born in New York, U.S. Marshall, Civil War 1861-1864. veteran.

No historical biography could be found on Henry H. Alvord, nonetheless, we are able to piece together some of his life story from the records found.

Henry was born in 1830 in the State of New York. He came to Lower Saginaw (now Bay City) some time before 1854, as he was married that year to Marcia M. Putman. He apparently worked at one of the early shipyards as in 1863 he is listed as a shipbuilder. The 1868 he is shown as a deputy U.S. marshal. In the 1870 census for Bay City it shows Henry and Marcia with a five year old daughter named Nettie. They are next picked up living in Flint during the 1880 census, which does not list Nettie. she many have died young. No record is found on them for the next 30 years, the in 1910 a couple with vitals closely matching Henry and Marcia M. are picked up in the census done in Malibu, Los Angeles, Calif.

There is no certainty in most of the data found, not even in the Civil War records related to Henry. Although his Civil War enlistment record identifies him with the 1st Michigan Colored Regiment, he is not listed in the roster for this unit, yet he appears in official report as one of the soldiers wounded in the battle at Honey Hill, S.C.

Military record. - Added March, 2011.

Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War


Alvord, Henry H., Bay City. Entered service in company C, First Colored Infantry, as First Lieutenant, Commissioned May 4, 1864. Mustered May 10, 1864. Wounded in action at Honey Hill, S.C., Nov. 30, 1864. Mustered out at Charleston, S.C., Sept. 30, 1865.

  • Note - Disbanded at Detroit on October 17th.

    Letter 1864. - Added Mar., 2011.

    The Bay City Press and Times, Oct., 1, 1864, Page 2.

    Letter from Lieut. Alvord.
    Campbell's Plantation
    Port Royal Island

    Sept. 15th, 1864


    Thinking perhaps it would not be uninteresting to some of your readers to hear from what was once the 1st Michigan Colored Regiment, I take the liberty of addressing you a few lines.

    The regiment has a name and number in Uncle Sam's black host of patriots (there is not a copperhead among them) it is known and designated as the 102d Regiment U. S. Colored Troops. Although we have not forgotten Michigan, and still carry the banner of our beloved Peninsular State, we are none the less proud of our position as U. S. soldiers. It has been about six months since the regiment left Michigan, during that time we have done a good deal of arduous service, but not much actual fighting. Quite a number have fallen victims to the climate and “sleep the sleep that knows no waking.” We have done thousands of day's work in entrenchments and forts under the burning sun of South Carolina, thereby taking just that much hard labor off the shoulder of white soldiers, and it is no small item I assure you. The first of August we started on a raid into Florida – was gone thirty days. -- During that time we destroyed several miles of important railroad communication, thereby cutting off rebel supplies of beef cattle. We did marching that would be considered creditable to the oldest veterans; in one instance we marched over a hundred miles in five days, carrying eight rounds of ammunition and six days rations, which, considering the season of the year, and the latitude, I think your readers will agree with me in saying is not easily beaten. We are now doing important out-post duty; our line stretches nearly around this isthhmus, a distance of nearly seventy miles. -- I will say that this regiment has done every duty that it has been called upon to perform cheerfully and promptly, and if we have not been engaged in any of the sanguinary battles it is simply because we have not been called upon. There are strong arms and brave hearts under the black skins of these soldiers that the enemy may well dread to meet in a conflict for life. We have marched side by side, camped on the same ground, and worked in the trenches with white regiments, and there has never been any feeling of enmity or aversion displayed by the white soldiers – the contrary has been the case. The old notion, that the colored soldier would have a demoralizing effect upon the army is all nonsense. The white soldier is only too glad to have assistance, no matter what the color is. The fact is, colored troops are a success and have done and are doing more than was expected of them by their most earnest advocates. We have the idea down here that the war is nearly ended; we get the idea from the manner in which the rebels talk. We have a flag of truce occasionally, and in some places our picket line is very close to that of the rebels, and our men sometimes hold conversation with the rebel pickets, (picket firing is forbidden on both sides,) and they invariably express themselves as tired and sick of the war. They hope that McClellan will be elected, for then, they say, “we will have peace on our terms.” It is a little singular that all rebels are in favor of McClellan for President – perhaps some of your Democratic friends can explain it.

    This is a mighty struggle, but if the North will do its duty this fall, the first of January, 1865, will see the rebellion crushed and peace restored; and that peace will be permanent and enduring. Remove the cause and there can be no war – the cause is will nigh removed.

    The voter of the North has a duty to perform this fall in the coming election, which is of tremendous importance to himself and to the whole human race. Let him consider it well and chose the right.

    Yours, truly,

    H. H. ALVORD
    1st. Lieut. Co. C., 102 U. S. C. T.

    Article appearing below the above.

    In 1860, when the Republicans nominated candidates for President and Vice President, both of whom were from the Free States of the North, the “democrats” now have done the same thing, McClellan and Pendleton both being from north of the Mason and Dixon's line, while the Republican Union ticket, in Andrew Johnson, of Tennessee, for Vice President, has a Southern representative. How about sectionalism now?

    Battle of Honey Hill, S.C. - Added March, 2011.

    The War of the Rebellion:
    A Compilaton of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. 1882

    Report of Colonel Henry L. Chipman
    One Hundred and Second U.S. Colored Troop

    December 4, 1864.


    Three hunderd men of the One hundred and second U.S. Colored Troops were all of that regiment who were engaged on the 30th. This portion of the One hundred and second U.S. Colored Troops under my command reach the landing of Boyd's Point at about 11 a.m. of the 30th and started immediately for the front, which it reached a 1 p.m. The two left companies were at once deployed across the road as guards, to stop and return to their rgiments all stragglers from the front. Lieutenant-Colonel Ames, chief of artillery, having called for a detail to haul off some guns belonging to Battery B, Third New York Artillery, which ahd been stripped of both men and horses, Capt. A. E. Linsay was sent with his company to do this work, but before he reached the pieces he was killed, and his only officer, Liet. H.H. Alvord, serverely wounded in two places. The command now desolved upon the first sergeant, who knowing nothing of the object for which his company had been advanced, filed it right into the woods and formed line toward the enemy. Afterward, when the rest of the was formed in line of battle, Sergeant Madry brought his company and form it in its proper place in the battalion. The first attemp having thus failed a second was made, and First Lieut. O. W. Bennett was sent with his company to endeavor, if possible, to save the guns.Lieutenant Bennett, with thirty men, went forward full 100 yards in advance of our first line, and succeeded in bringing away the three guns. Too high praise cannot be awarded to Lieutenant Bennett for the gallant manner in which he led his men in the perilous enterprise, nor to his men who so faithfully follower their leader. At this time the regiment left the road and was posted in line of battleon the road, its left resting on the road, supporting the battery then in action at this point. At 3 p.m. I was informed of the woulding of Colonel Hartwell, and that I was in command of the brigade. From that time the command of the regiment devolved upon Capt. C. S. Montague. The regiment remained in line till 7:30 p.m., when it withdrew. After reaching the church it was also employed in carrying wounded to the rear. The following are the names of officers and enlisted men killed, wounded, and missing in that regiment.

  • Read full report: [Battle of Honey Hill]

    Additional Notes.

      History 1st Regiment Infantry (colored).

    • On July, 24, 1863, Edwin H. Stanton, Secretary of War, instructed the State of Michigan to raise one regimment of colored infantry, who would were to receive no bounty, and be paid $10 per month, minus cost of clothing, and be commanded by white officers. Under this order Govenrnor Austin Blair organized the First Regiment of Colored Infanty, at Detroit, afterward the unit was changed to the 102nd United States Colored Troops. The regiment left Detroit on March 28th, 1864, for Hilton Hill, S.C., arriving there on the 19th. After meritorious service, they were mustered out on September 30, at Charleston. The regiment composed of 1446, saw 6 men killed in action, 5 died of wounds, and 129 from diesease.

      1850 - Census: Homer, Courland, NY.

    • Alvord, Sylvester - b. 1796 NY - farmer
    • Lucy, wife - b. 1800 New Hamp.
    • Henry, son - b. 1826 NY
    • Thomas M., son - b. 1832 NY

      1850 - Census: Bennington, Shiawassee, Mich.

    • Putman, John W. - age 43, b. N.H., farmer
    • Sally, wife - age 42, b. Conn.
    • Marsha M., dau. - age 14
      - Note: Could be Henry's wife, age matches marriage data.

      1854 – Michigan Marriages: Lower Saginaw, Mich.

    • On Oct., 1854, Henry Hobart Alvord (b. 1830) married Marcia Milner Putnam or Putman (b. 1836).

      1854 - History of Bay County, Mich. - 1883

    • H. H. Alvord and an N.C. Alvord were among group that organized the Trinity Episcopal Church in 1854.

      1860 – Census: Bay City, Mich.

    • Alvord, Henry, age 29, b. 1831, NY

      1863 Michigan State Gazetter.

    • H. H. Alvord, ship builder, Bay City

      1868 – Directory: Bay City, Mich.

    • Alvord, H. H. - Dep. U.S. Marshal, h 523 S. Adams

      1870 - Census: Bay City, Mich.

    • Alvord, Henry - age 39, b. 1831 New York, U.S. Marshal
    • Marcia, wife - age 34, b. 1836 Mich.
    • Nettie, dau. - age 5, b. 1865 Canada

      1871 - Browns Directory, Bay City, Mich.

    • Alvord, Henry H. - dep'y US Marshal, res 1116 s Adamas, cor 10th.

      1880 - Census: Flint, Genesee, Mich.

    • Alvord, Henry H. - b. 1825, NY - restaurant.
    • Mary, wife - Mary - b. 1829, NY

      1910 - Census: Malibu, Los Angeles, Calif.

    • Alvord, Henry H. - age 77, b. 1833, New York, father b. MA, mother b. CT.
    • Marcia M., wife - age 73, b. 1837, Mich., father b. NY, mother b. MA.

  • Related Pages/Notes

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    Local Civil War History
    People Referenced
    Alvord, Henry H. (subject)
    Alvord, Lucy Mrs (mother*)
    Alvord, Nettie (dau)
    Alvord, N.C.
    Alvord, Sylvester (father*)
    Alvord, Thomas M (bro*)
    Bennett, O.W.
    Blair, Austin
    Johnson, Andrew
    Linsay, A.E.
    Montague, C.S.
    Putman, JOhn W.
    Putman, Marcia M. (wife)
    Putman, Sally Mrs.
    - maiden Milner*)
    - Aka: Putnam
    Stanton, Edwin H.
    * Not verified.
    Subjects Referenced
    1st MI Colored Regiment
    3d NY Artillery
    102d US Colored Troops
    Bay City, MI
    Bay Co., MI
    Bennington, MI
    Charleston, S.C.
    Courland Co., NY
    Detroit, MI
    Flint, MI
    Genesee Co., MI
    Homer, NY
    Honey Hill, S.C.
    Lower Saginaw, MI
    Malibu, CA
    Shiawassee Co., MI
    Trinity Epsicopal Church
    Related Internet Sources
    [Reenactors] Representing the 102nd USCT from Mich.
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.