Henry R. Pippitt was born to Susan R. and Joseph Pippitt on December 22, 1843 in Ohio. He had one brother, William, who was born in approximately 1841. At the time of the 1860 Census, the Pippitt family was living in Butler, Ohio, where Joseph and his two sons worked on the family farm.
Pippitt mustered into Company G of the 104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment in August of 1862 as a private. The unit began its service with operations in Kentucky, where it remained until May of 1863. They were then moved to East Tennessee, where they participated in the East Tennessee Campaign (August 16 - October 17, 1863) and the Knoxville Campaign (November 4 - December 23, 1863). They remained in East Tennessee until April of 1864, when they were assigned to the Atlanta (Georgia) Campaign (May 1 - September 8, 1864) and subsequent operations against General John Bell Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama (September 29 - November 3, 1864). They then returned to Tennessee for the Nashville Campaign (November-December 1864). They saw their next major action in the Campaign of the Carolinas (March 1-April 26, 1865) and remained on duty in North Carolina until they mustered out on June 17, 1865.
After the war, Pippitt settled in Loudonville (Ashland County), Ohio. In approximately 1870, he married Elizabeth (her maiden name is unknown), and they had two children: Sarah Hoyland (born on July 20, 1877) and Harry Joseph (born in October of 1879). Harry Joseph relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in approximately 1900, where he worked as a watchmaker. No further information is available about him before his death in 1949 in Ashland, Ohio. Sarah apparently never left home, and was indeed still living in Loudonville at the time of her death on September 15, 1966. Elizabeth Pippitt died on April 2, 1917, and Henry followed on February 25, 1927.