Henry Ball enlisted in the 7th New Jersey Volunteers, Company B, in January 24, 1862 on a three year enlistment, quickly rising to the rank of Corporal. He died only one year later in the Union camp at Falmouth, Virginia, of consumption (tuberculosis). He was 24 years old.

He is buried in the First Presbyterian Church of Hanover Cemetery. An Army of the Grand Repbulic (GAR) plaque accompanies his gravestone.