Samuel Sidney Breese, Helena Burrows

Henry Seymour Lansing

A Soldier and Accountant
Military Record
Death Certificate

Henry Seymour Lansing
(4 Aug 1815, Utica NY)
(14 Apr 1882, Burlington NJ)
+ Jane Amelia White(26 Sep 1844, Hartford CT)
(2 Sep 1825, Onondaga NY)
(29 Nov 1904, Trenton, Mercer Co, NJ)

    Henry White Lansing[married Harriett Centemerri]
    Bleecker Seymour Lansing[died aged 2]
    Arthur Lewis Lansing[married Sarah Jane Robinson]

A Soldier and Accountant
Henry Seymour Lansing Colonel Henry Seymour Lansing, Henry Livingston Lansing's brother, commanded the 17th New York Volunteer Infantry. The regiment was formed on May 29, 1861 for a two year term and Colonel Lansing commanded it from its inception until it was disbanded on June 2, 1863. He had also been active in the formation of New York's Military Association before the war.

Being surrounded by southern sympathizers, there was a great concern for the protection of Washington from the start of hostilities. Colonel Lansing's regiment was first assigned to that duty. From April to May of 1861, Colonel Lansing participated in the Siege of Yorktown, the very place where his grandfather, Colonel Gerrit Lansing, had fought in the Revolutionary War. Captured Battery

That summer, they fought in the Seven Days Battle before Richmond Virginia and by October, the 17th had been transferred to the Army of the Potomac and became involved in some of the worst Civil War battles, fighting with heavy losses at the second battle of Bull Run, Antietam and the Battle of Frederickburg and Chancellorsville. The first three of these battles is fictionally described in Gods and Generals by Jeffrey M. Shaara.

At the end of the war, Colonel Lansing was promoted by brevet to Brigadier General for his short command of the Bull Run battlefield.

H. Seymour Lansing gravestone

H. Seymour Lansing died 14 April 1882, and was buried in the churchyard of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, in Burlington New Jersey.

[Thanks for the photo to Rev'd J. Connor Haynes, SSC; St. Mary's]

Military Record of Brigadier General Henry Seymour Lansing
Dyer's Compendium, Pt. 1 (Campaigns etc.)
Alphabetical Index to Commanders of the Various Military Divisions, Departments, Armies, Army

Lansing, H.S. Third, First, Fifth, Potomac.


Dyer's Compendium, Pt. 1 (Campaigns etc.)
Eastern Departments and Armies, Fifth Army Corps

D. Butterfield Brigadier General May 18, 1862, to Aug. 30, 1862
H. S. Lansing Col. 17th N.Y. Infy Aug. 30, 1862
H. A. Weeks Col. 12th N.Y. Infy Aug. 30, 1862
J. C. Rice Col. 44th N.Y. Infy Aug. 30, 1862

H. S. Lansing Col. 17th N.Y. Infy. Aug. 30, 1862, to Sept. 18, 1862
T. B. W. Stockton Col.16th Mich. Infy Sept. 18, 1862, to Dec., 1862
H. A. Weeks Col. 12th N.Y. Infy Dec. 1862, to Jan., 1863

T. B. W. Stockton Col. 16th Mich. Infy Jan., 1863, to May 20, 1863
Strong Vincent Col. 83d Penna. Infy May, 20, 1863, to July 2, 1863. Killed
J. C. Rice Col. 44th N.Y. Infy July 2, 1863, to Aug. 26, 1863

J. L. Chamberlain Col. 20th Me. Infy Aug. 26, 1863, to Nov. 19, 1863
J. L. Chamberlain Brigadier General Apr., 10, 1865, to Apr. 25, 1865

12th N.Y. Infy May, 1862 From 3-Brig. 1-Div. 3-Corps Pot
No change to Muster Out May, 1863
17th N.Y. Infy May, 1862 From 3-Brig. 1-Div. 3-Corps Pot
No change to Muster Out May, 1863


O.R.--SERIES I--VOLUME LI/1 [S# 107]
Union Correspondence, Orders, And Returns Relating To Operations In Maryland, Eastern North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia (Except Southwestern), And West Virginia, From January 1, 1861, To June 30, 1865.--#12

YORKTOWN, April 30, 1862
(Received Trenches between Redoubt A and Battery 5,
12.30 a.m., May 1, 1862.)

Colonel LANSING:
Man your redoubts and parallels; push forward men to watch the motions of the enemy; have the guns in Batteries 5 and 3 and Redoubt A ready to open in case of attack. I think the object is to cause us to unmask the batteries. I will have field artillery in your rear. Man your parapets and keep the men cool, and you need fear nothing. I have asked for two field batteries and two regiments to be posted in your rear near my old headquarters as a reserve. Unless the enemy advances in force I don't want the Batteries 5 and 2 to open. It is only to compel us to show what we are about that he is now working. Keep your men cool--don't let them be stampeded. If anything be done it will be just at daybreak, when the new guards will be there. Any other party coming


FROM APRIL 16 TO JULY 31, 1861

Garrison--Captain Arnold's light company, one hundred and twenty men, and Seventeenth New York, Colonel Lansing. The supply of ammunition for these forts, although not complete, is sufficient for an emergency, averaging about one hundred rounds per gun, and the amount is being increased as rapidly as possible. The field batteries are in a very unsatisfactory condition, many of them, but as fast as the materials can be procured they are refitting.


O.R.-- SERIES I--VOLUME 14 [S# 14]

May 1, 1862

Have you provided the field batteries Lansing asks for? I will have the regulars ready before daybreak and some of Hunt's batteries harnessed up. Shall I do more than this?



O.R.--SERIES I--VOLUME LI/1 [S# 107]
Union Correspondence, Orders, And Returns Relating To Operations In Maryland, Eastern North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia (Except Southwestern), And West Virginia, From January 1, 1861, To June 30, 1865.--#23

September 26, 1862

Asst. Adjt. Gen., Headquarters Army of the Potomac:

In my recommendations for promotions by brevet, presented in July last, I unintentionally omitted the name of Col. Henry S. Lansing, Seventeenth New York Volunteers and captain Twelfth U.S. Infantry, for gallant and meritorious conduct at the battle of Hanover Court-House, May 27, 1862. He was conspicuous there in handling his regiment, which, with others, drove the enemy from their ground and captured one field piece and many prisoners.


October 14, 1862

Asst. Adjt. Gen., Headquarters, Army of the Potomac:

I respectfully present to the consideration of the commanding general the following recommendations for promotions, with the hope that they may be favorably presented to the honorable Secretary of War: Col. H. S. Lansing, Seventeenth New York Volunteers (captain Twelfth U.S. Infantry), to the rank of brigadier-general. The activity and energy of this officer from the commencement of the war commend him to the consideration of the commanding general for reward. His efficient services in the field, commanding his regiment and at times a brigade or an expeditionary force, prove his soldierly qualities and his ability to fill the position. I would like to have him command a brigade of this corps.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Major-General, Commanding


JULY 13-16, 1863.--Draft Riots in New York City, Troy, and Boston
No. 3.--Report of Col. James B. Fry. Provost-Marshal-General, U. S. Army, with orders, &c.

July 13, 1863

General WOOL
Commanding New York City


Adjutant-General Sprague, now here, informs me that Colonel Lansing, at New Dorp, has 300 or 400 men available for the riot, and also two companies, under Major [George W.] Scott, on Riker's Island. General Sprague says these are all subject to your orders. The marines and sailors at the navy-yard and receiving ship will, I presume, co-operate, if applied to by you.

Provost-Marshal- General.

Talcott's Lansing Family
General Henry Seymour Lansing died at Burlington, N.J., April 14, 1882. Prior to the breaking out of the war he was the chief manager of the American-European Express Company, and superintended the banking department of the company at Paris for a considerable time. He assisted in organizing the Military Commission of the State of New York before the war. He was appointed Captain of the Twelfth Infantry, and served until July 1863, when he resigned.

Pioneers of Utica p.349
Henry Seymour Lansing, commanded the 17th Regiment, New York volunteers, at the beginning of the late war, and left the service in 1863 with the rank of brevet brigadier-general; is now (1877) auditor general of the Centennial Board of Finance, Philadelphia.

The Weekly Philadelphia Times - July 13 1878
H.S. Lansing, late colonel of the 17th N Y Volunteers, Captain of the 12 US Infantry and Brevet Brigadier General, provides a detailed and emotional account of the demoralization of Union troops following the defeat by Confederate forces at the Battle of Bull Run in 1862. He tells of the discouragement, fear and disorganization that followed that defeat and staes in part how the Union Army ran away in a panic from its first defeat, leaving Washington at the mercy of the Confederates and describes the defenses South of the Potomac River.

Philadelphia 1876 Centennial
231.19 Bureau of Revenue. Correspondence and Papers 1873-1876
2 volumes, 1 cu.ft., no index
Incoming and outgoing correspondence chiefly concerning stock subscriptions and general financing of Exhibition; records of subcommittees formed to seek stock subscriptions from specialized groups or geographical areas include names of committee members, lists of subscribers and of those individuals or companies unsuccessfully solicited, receipts for stock certificates, agents' contracts, list of agents and canvassers by states, cash receipts statements, instructions to canvassers, records of subscription books' distributions, progress reports, population data on state and county levels compiled from 1870 census for canvassers' guidance; sales reports of Bureau's Medal Department listing dates, amounts received, sellers' names and commissions for sales of Exhibition Souvenir Medals. Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Shelf list is available.

Bureau of Revenue. Correspondence and Papers
[Record Series: 231.19] Box A-1550

Correspondence Received by H.S. Lansing, Auditor
Papers from and by General Lansing (2 folders)

State of New Jersey Certificate of Death
Henry Seymour Lansing
Age: 58 years 2 months White
Married Accountant
Birthplace: Utica NY
Last place of residence: Burlington
How long resident: Six months
Place of death: Corner Broad and High Streets; Burlington City
Father's name Bleecker B. Lansing U.S.
Mother's name Sarah U.S.
I hereby certify that I attended H. Seymour Lansing during the last illness and that he died on the 13th day of April, 1882.
Length of sickness: two years
Edward J. Lansing, Medical Attendant
Residence Corner Stacy and Union
Date: April 17, 1882
Undertaker: E.F. Perking Burlington City NJ
Burial: St. Mary's Church Grounds Burlington City N.J.


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