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6923RE: [TalkAntietam] Henry B. Schroeder

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  • G E Mayers
    Oct 8, 2012
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      Jim;

      An interesting story. Odd that someone of such strong Southern sensibilities would resign but would not then join the ranks of the Confederate service! I wonder how many officers there might have been like him who resigned their US Army commissions but remained entirely neutral?

      Yr. Obt. Svt.
      G E "Gerry" Mayers

      "True patriotism sometimes requires of men to act exactly contrary, at one period, to that which it does at another, and the motive which impels them--the desire to do right--is precisely the same. The circumstances which govern their actions change; and their conduct must conform to the new order of things." -- Robert E. Lee



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      From: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com [mailto:TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Jim Rosebrock
      Sent: Monday, October 08, 2012 4:25 PM
      To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [TalkAntietam] Henry B. Schroeder




      Henry B. Schroeder from Petersville Maryland in Frederick
      County was a graduate of the West Point Class of 1844. He ranked 22 of 25 in the West Point
      class of 1844. Classmates included
      Winfield Scott Hancock and Alfred Pleasonton. An officer of the 3rd Infantry, he fought in
      Mexico and was brevetted First Lieutenant., on August 20, 1847, for
      Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in
      the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco. Schroeder was a Captain in the 3rd Infantry when he resigned
      from the Army on May 31, 1861 apparently for his southern sympathies. He did not join the Confederate Army
      instead returning to Peterville Maryland where he operated a farm. The Brunswick Herald which reported his obituary said that he lived there the remainder of his life
      passing away on December 21 1904 at the age of 83. Do any of you
      know if Schroeder played any role one way or the other during the Maryland
      Campaign. Surely an officer of
      that seniority must have been known known by fellow West Pointers serving on
      both sides.

      Thanks
      Jim Rosebrock

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