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Cansdell, Henry William, 1808-1868



Henry William Cansdell was born on June 4th, 1808 in London, England. He married Elizabeth Cardinal Argent (-1893) in September, 1829. Later they went to America. In 1857 he graduated from New York College of Physicians and Surgeons. He sought a commission in the army in 1861 in the artillery, and later moved to surgeon. He was in the 3rd and 1st battery in the 22nd Wisconsin Infantry. He was an officer. He had to resign from Surgeon in 1864 due to poor health and was officially discharged due to disability. He later moved to Vineland, New Jersey with his family and died January 28th, 1868. He had four children: John Argent Cansdell, Ellen L. Cansdell (1838-1919), Clara L. Cansdell (-1917), and August Argent Cansdell.

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Henry Cansdell Collection

 Collection — Box 1 of 1: [Barcode: 31141024409562]
Identifier: RH-A-494
Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of 40 letters and 5 drawings/maps, the majority of them written by Henry William Cansdell (1808-1868) to his wife and daughters while he was in the Civil War and stationed in Tennessee, Wisconsin, Mississippi, and Alabama. The letters were written between December 1861 and 1864, with two other letters written in 1870.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1861-1864, 1870