Henry Manga was born on June 7, 1835, in New York.
Henry married a woman named Rachel (1836-1861).
In 1860 he was working as a farmer and living with his wife in Lebanon, Clinton County. Rachel died in January of 1861 probably in Ionia County and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Ionia, Ionia County.
Henry was 29 years old and probably living in Lansing, Michigan, when he enlisted in Company D on May 13, 1861. (Company D was made up largely of men from Ionia, Eaton and Clinton Counties.) He was wounded on May 31, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia. He was put aboard the Elm City at White House Landing, Virginia, and transferred to the hospital in Washington, DC, where he arrived on June 5 or 6. Henry was reported hospitalized in July and August. He allegedly deserted on September 21 at Upton’s Hill, Virginia, but in fact was missing in action.
Henry officially returned to the Regiment on February 10, 1864, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but was in fact detailed as a guard at the arsenal in Philadelphia, and was on detached service in Philadelphia from March through May. He was mustered out on June 20, 1864, at Detroit.
It is not known if Henry ever returned to Michigan after his discharge from the army.
He married Pennsylvania native Rebecca Peterson (1842-1919, and they had at least six children: George (b. 1861), William (b. 1864), Sarah (1865), Charles (1868), Lillie (b. 1870), infant girl (1872).
Henry was living in Pennsylvania in 1861, 1864 and at no. 3 Federal west of 25th street in Philadelphia in January of 1865 when their 6-day-old baby girl Sarah Celia died and in March of 1868 when his son newborn Charles died (Sarah was buried in M. E. Union cemetery and Charles in Mt. Moriah cemetery). By 1870 he had settled in Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware.
Henry worked as a laborer for most of his life.
In December of 1872 they were probably living in Philadelphia when their one-day-old baby girl died. By 1890 he was working as a laborer and living at 2937 Alter Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. By 1900 he and Rebecca were living in Philadelphia and in 1910 on Armin or Annin Street in the 36th Ward.
In 1883 he applied for and received a pension (no. 830490).
Henry died of apoplexy on July 1, 1915, at 2900 Annin Street in Philadelphia’s 36th Ward, and was buried in Fernwood cemetery, Delaware County: section 23.
In 1915 his widow applied for and received a pension (no. 794776).