Captain Henry D. Landis
Henry Landis was born on October 18, 1824 in Lancaster, PA. Making his home in Philadelphia, PA. he had one child by his 1st wife, Catherine Pierce. After her death, Henry married Catherine, “Kate”, Reynolds, and had 6 children by her. He was a businessman, and partner in a hardware firm, Vance & Landis, in Philadelphia. Henry, called Harry by family and friends, was a very close friend and confidant of his brother-in-law, Union Major General John F. Reynolds. Henry opened up his and Kate’s home to her brother and it became his only real home other than the army. It also became the home of the two youngest Reynolds sisters, Harriet and Eleanor, who would live with them permanently.
When Philadelphia Light Battery “A” was formed in 1862, Henry was elected its’ Captain. Afterwards, it was called the “Landis” battery after its popular captain. Henry’s battery would serve with Brigadier. General William F. Smith, under Major General Darius Couch, commander of the Army of the Susquehanna. During Robert E. Lee’s invasion of Pennsylvania in June 1863, Henry’s battery was called out to Harrisburg on June 24 and helped turn back General Jeb Stuart’s invading rebels from the state’s capital at the fighting at Mechanicsburg, Sporting Hill [now Camp Hill], Oyster’s Point, and Carlisle in late June and through July 1, 1863. Henry had learned much about artillery from his brother-in-law John Reynolds, who would include in letters to his sister Kate a letter to Henry discussing military matters. Also, when home on leave, John would have much to talk with Henry about the war. His famous brother-in-Law was killed at Gettysburg on July 1,1863, and his body was transported, first t to Westminster, Md., then to Baltimore for embalming, and finally to Henry’s home in Philadelphia where it was laid out in Kate and Harry’s parlor on July 3 & 4. Henry would miss the funeral. The “Landis” Battery would be disbanded by the Federal government later in 1863. Henry would then join the 215th regiment out of the Union League as a private and would serve till the end of the war. Henry’s hardware firm had been the official supplier of hardware when the Union League building was built.
Henry died on February 18, 1895, at age 70, in Chestnut Hill, Pa., and is buried in the Reynolds family plot in Lancaster, Pa.
Steve Harris started doing Living History in 2003 as Captain Henry Landis, then became involved with a re-enacting unit, the 98th PVI in 2005 as a private. He joined COUG in 2006 as a Living Historian portraying Captain Landis. His wife Arlene Harris, is also a Living Historian, and has been portraying Kate Landis, John F. Reynolds sister, since 2000. Steve has been a professional water treatment operator for 37 years, and the couple reside in Maple Shade, NJ.
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