Private Henry P. Lason
Photo from National Archives
LASON, HENRY P.-Age, 18 years. Enlisted, September 24, 1861, at Harford, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. F, October 4, 1861; wounded in action, August 28, 1862, at Gainesville, Va.; discharged for disability caused by wound, October 9, 1862, at Washington, D.C.
Henry was the brother of George W. Lason of Co. B. Henry served in Co. F until discharged Oct 9, 1862 due to loss of left arm from gunshot wound received Aug 29, 1862 at Battle at Brawner Farm. His arm was amputated on Sept. 3, 1862 at Armory Square General Hospital, Washington, D.C. by Surgeon Bliss. - Personal communication from B. Conrad Bush, based on information in Lason's pension file in the National Archives.
Personal communication from Stephen Edge [EdgeS@fulton.k12.ga.us]
Mike, that was an interesting picture of Henry P. Lason. I did not know that he served in the beginning of the war; we'd always heard that he entered late because of his age. He is buried in the Magnolia cemetary in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, between his wife and nephew, John Judson Lason (my grandfather.) Evidently he sort of adopted John after John ran away from home, joined the army & was kicked out because of his age.
Henry had three land grants in the Dakotas in the 1870s, 80s & 90s (about 600-700 acres--this information from the Bureau of land management). Our family history said he gave a family a 99-year lease on the land when he moved to Florida around the turn of the century. He was evidently a community leader in DeFuniak, perhaps because of his association with the NY Chatauqua which had its winter headquarters in DEF.
He was known as & has on his tomestone "Capt. Henry P. Lason." In the 1920 census he lives in a fairly upscale part of town (West End) & his niece(?) Effie & John Judson are living with him. I'm not
sure when he married, but he and his wife had no children. I have pictures of their grave markers & will try to bring them in to work to scan for
you if you would like.
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