b. 04/10/1841 Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. d. 05/12/1901 Syracuse, New York.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 06/04/1865 Sailor's Creek, Virginia.
Born in Germany, Klein immigrated to the United States in 1853. He settled in Syracuse, New York, and worked in the clothing business.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted as a private in the 101st Regiment and later served in Company E of the 40th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Klein's brother, Philip, also served in the war, with the 149th New York Infantry. At some point during his military service Henry Klein was captured and held as a prisoner of war by the Confederates, although the details of this event are unknown. In one battle, after General Gustavus Sniper was wounded, Klein caught the general's horse and helped him dismount. At the Battle of Sayler's Creek, Virginia, on April 6, 1865, his company was ordered to attack a Confederate position. Under heavy canister and musket fire, Klein rushed ahead of the attack, grabbed a Confederate banner from the flag bearer's hands, and returned safely back to Union lines. For this act, he was commended and granted a furlough.
On his way home to Syracuse, Klein stopped in Washington, D.C., for a few days. While he was in the city, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Klein stood guard outside the house next to Ford's Theatre where Lincoln lay dying, and after the President's death he viewed the body as it lay in state at the White House.
One month after Lincoln's assassination, on May 10, 1865, Klein was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Sayler's Creek. The official citation, which was mistakenly recorded under the name "Harry Kline", reads simply "Capture of battle flag."
Capture of battle flag.
BURIAL LOCATION: WOODLAWN CEMETERY, SYRACUSE, NEW YORK.
Section 29, Lot 37
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