Henry N. Oliver

Houlton native and Civil War Veteran


The beautiful 5 X 7 tintype to the left was probably done in the summer of 1862 when Henry was just 18 years of age and getting ready to go off to war.

Houlton native Henry N. Oliver was first discharged in August of 1863 after he had completed a nine-month tour of duty.


He was a Private under Captain Aziel W. Putnam of Company G 22nd Regiment of the Maine volunteer infantry.  


Henry went on to enlist a second time on October 23rd 1864 and was discharged that time on July 16th of 1865.

Henry was born on Dec. 29th 1844 in Houlton Maine and passed on Nov. 13th of 1916 at the age of 71

He was married to Jenny Oliver.


Both Henry and Jenny are buried in the Hodgdon cemetery.

Below:  Henry's first Discharge.

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Transcription of the above

To all whom it may concern

[Seal of the United States]


Know ye, That Henry N Oliver a

Private of Captain Aziel Putnam

Company, (G,)  22nd Regiment of Maine Infantry

VOLUNTEERS who has enrolled on the Tenth day of September

one thousand eight hundred and sixty two to serve nine months years or

during the war is hereby Discharged of the service of the United States,

this fourteenth day of August 1863, at Bangor

Maine by reason of Expiration of Terms of Service

(No objection to his being re=enlisted is known to exist. *)

Said Henry Oliver was born in Houlton

in the State of Maine, is eighteen years of age,

Five feet nine inches high, Light complexion, Blue eyes,

Sandy hair, and by occupation, when enrolled, a Farmer

Given at Bangor this Fourteenth day of

August 1863

F E Grossman

*This sentence will be erased should there be anything                        1st Lieut 17th Infantry

in the conduct or in the physical condition of the soldier                   commanding the regiment

rendering him unfit for the Armey                                                  Mustering Officer

[A.G.O. No. 99.]


Aziel W Putnam

Capt Co G 22nd Maine Vol

Below:  Henry’s promotion to Corporal, Novemebr 4th 1864.

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Below: Henry's second Discharge.

He joined a second time on October 23rd 1864 and was discharged on July 16th 1865 due to the war being over.

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The family of Mr. Oliver tells the story that Henry shook the hand of Abraham Lincoln.

Given the fact that Henry does not appear to be a fellow who would make up tales and the fact that he was discharged at the end of the war "near Washington D.C." (see above) we believe this to be 100% true.

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