From the book entitled: Itinerary of the Seventh
Ohio volunteer infantry,
1861-1864: with roster, portraits and biographies
Editor: Lawrence Wilson
Publisher: The Neale publishing company, 1907
Henry H. Rhodes was born about two miles from the city of Erie, Erie
County, Pennsylvania, in the year 1846. His parents were of old
Pennsylvania Dutch stock and emigrated to Painesville, Ohio, when he
was five years of age.
At the breaking out of the war of the rebellion after the firing on
Fort Sumter he enlisted as a private in Company D, Seventh Regiment O.
V. I. (at the age of fifteen, although he claimed to be nineteen years
of age so as to pass muster), April 21, 1861. Reenlisted in the three
years' service June 19.
He participated in the following battles: Cross Lanes, Virginia, August
26, 1861; Port Republic, Virginia, June 9, 1862; Cedar Mountain,
Virginia, August 9, 1862; Dug Gap, Georgia, May 8, 1864; Resaca,
Georgia, May '15, 1864; Pumpkin Vine Creek, Dallas, and New Hope
Church, Georgia, May 25 to June 1, 1864. He was wounded at Cedar
Mountain and was mustered out of the service on expiration of term of
service of his regiment, July 6, 1864.
He married Miss Edith A. Ellis, at Panama, Chautauqua County, New York,
March 31, 1869, and one son and four daughters were born to them.
Since the war he has been employed as a stationary engineer in the oil
fields of Pennsylvania, and now resides at Painesville, Ohio.
At Port Republic, where so many color-bearers were shot down, Rhodes
for a time carried the regimental colors.