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Pitkin, Henry Stanley


Age: 0, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): USN
Service: comn 8/22/61, USN, ASURG, USS North Carolina 7/62, steam gunboat Mahaska North Atlantic Squadron, 63, steamer Brooklyn, North Atlantic Squadron, 64, Passed ASURG (LT) 7/72, ship Guard 66; Piscataqua flag-ship, Asiatic Squadron, 67-68, Delaware 70, d/svc 6/23/74 [College: UVM 58, 60]

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Birth: 08/21/1838, Burlington, VT
Death: 06/23/1874

Burial: Oahu Cemetery, Honolulu, HI
Marker/Plot: Lot 235, Section 13 (Navy Plot)
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Russ Decker
Findagrave Memorial #: 36394635

Cenotaph: Elmwood Avenue Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 55413968


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: UVM 58, 60
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Oahu Cemetery, Honolulu, HI

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Cenotaph in Elmwood Avenue Cemetery, Burlington, VT

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Henry S. Pitkin

Henry Stanley Pitkin


Pitkin received A.B. and M.D. degrees from the University of Vermont Medical School, in 1858 and 1860, respectively. He was a classmate Egbert Allis, George Van Deusen, and Charles Wells. After graduation, he was demonstrator of Microscopy there in 1861 and early 1862.

Appointed Assistant Surgeon on 18 July 1862, from New York, he served on USS North Carolina from 12 August 1862 to 25 February 1863, USS Mahaska and Brooklyn from 1863 to 1864. Pitkin was promoted to Passed Assistant Surgeon on 30 October 1865. He was then assigned to the Chelsea Naval Hospital, in Massachusetts.

By April 1866, Pitkin was assigned to USS Augusta, who, in company with USS Miantonomoh and USS Ashuelot, carried Assistant Secretary of the Navy Gustavus Fox on a show-the-flag cruise to Russia, Sweden, Germany, Spain and several Mediterranean countries, returning to the U.S. at the end of July 1867.

On 1 January 1870, he was serving on USS Delaware. From 14 January to 10 October 1871, he was assigned to the receiving ship USS Vermont, at Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Pitkin reported to USS Benicia on 23 August 1872, which was undergoing repairs at Mare Island Navy Yard. He was promoted to Surgeon on 28 December 1872, three weeks after Benicia joined the North Pacific Squadron. He died in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), after spending the previous 18 months cruising off the west coast of Central America and the Sandwich Islands; interment in Oahu Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii; cenotaph in Elwood Avenue Cemetery, Burlington, Vermont.

His funeral was attended by "the officers and crew of his ship, many citizens of Honolulu, members of the royal family and the king." There is a cenotaph at Elmwood Cemetery, Burlington.

In February 1908, his heirs, Elizabeth M. Pitkin and Carrie Pitkin McDowell, unsuccessfully filed a claim against the United States for $382.21, claiming he had received shore pay vs. sea pay for the period of time he was assigned to North Carolina and Vermont.

Source: Ledoux, Tom, Green Mountain Mariners Of The Civil War, self-published, 2014.


Henry Stanley Pitkin

Was the son of Dr. A. S. Pitkin of Burlington. He took his degree of Doctor of Medicine at the Medical Department of the Univeristy in 1860. In 1862 he entered the U. S. navy, and for his conduct at the attack on Fort Fisher received honorable mention. After the war, he went with Asssistant Secretary Fox on a mission to Russia, and later accompanied Prof. Agassiz on the scientific expedition around Cape Horn. In August 1872 he joined the U.S.S. Benecia as assistant surgeon, and in December of the same year was promoted to surgeon. This position he occupied till his death, which occurred at Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands, 23 June 1864. Dr. Pitkin was a young man full of life and energy, and was possessed of those qualities which strongly attached him to those with whome he came in contact. He was a brave and galland officer, and a genial and accomplished gentleman. At his death the funeral cortege contained, besides the officers and crew of his ship, many citizens of Honolulu, members of the royal family and the king.

Source: University of Vermont Obituary Record, Compiled by a Committee of the Associate Alumni, No. 1, Burlingtom, 1895, page 120.