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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.