Lamoille County, Vermont and the Civil War

 

For a period of many years subsequent to the war of 1812, peace brooded over the green hills and fertile valleys of Vermont. Youths had grown to manhood and old age; the gray-haired grandsire, as he trotted the children upon his knee, rehearsed to them the stories they loved best to hear-tales of the deeds of the brave McDonough, and of " Old Ethan " at Ticonderoga. Prosperity asserted itself in the hum of busy machinery, telling of the increase of manufacturing interests, in the silver threads that were branching in all directions, proclaiming the route of the "iron horse" as it conveyed to prosperous marts the harvest's surplus. The sun arose each morn on a prosperous, happy, contented people; but, alas ! as its rays gilded the Green Mountain summits on the morning of April 12, 1861, it awakened no answering smile in the hearts of the people.. The first shot upon Sumpter had frightened away the angel Peace, and Grim War again asserted his rights. The hearts of the Green Mountain boys were again touched with the old fire of martial ardor; the dreams of peace were forgotten; naught was remembered but their insulted flag-the flag purchased by the blood of their fathers-to which they owed their homes and the plenty which surrounded them.

Side by side with her sister States, Vermont endured the weary marches and bore the brunt of battles, and side by side their sons sleep the long sleep. -some 'neath the sun-kissed plains of the willful south, and some rocked in the bosom of the broad Atlantic, "held in the hollow of His hand." Others have been borne to rest among their kindred by sympathizing friends, who, year by year, to muffled drum-beat, wend their way to their consecrated tombs to deck their graves with beautiful spring flowers,-a national tribute to the memory of the gallant dead, 5,128 of whom Vermont sacrificed as her share towards the preservation of the Nation's unity, freed from the curse of slavery, so long a foul blot on her fair fame. Vermont promptly filled every quota, and every dollar needed was furnished with alacrity. Of her treasure, $9,087,3 52.40 was expended in furnishing the 34,238 loyal sons and representatives who went out to fight the battles of their country, 5,022 of whom were discharged from the service with shattered constitutions, or maimed in body, to renew the peaceful avocations of life as circumstances would permit. The following complete roster of men who went from Lamoille and Orleans counties as commissioned officers, and of those, who, enlisting in the ranks, were subsequently" promoted to a commission, is compiled from the Adjutant and Inspector-General's report of 1866, and from other sources. For convenience sake the names are arranged in alphabetical, order, the dates referring to commissions, the date of muster. being omitted:

FIRST REGIMENT, Infantry, mustered into service May, 2, x861, and mustered out August 15, 1866.

SECOND REGIMENT, Infantry, mustered into service June 20, 1861. Original members, not veterans, mustered out June 29, 1864. Recruits for one year, and recruits whose term of service would expire previous to October 1, 1865, mustered out June 1g, 1865. Remaining officers and men mustered out of service July 15, 1865.

THIRD REGIMENT, Infantry, mustered into service July 16, 1861. Original members, not veterans, mustered out July 27, 1864. Veterans and recruits consolidated into six companies, July 25, 1864. Recruits for one year, and recruits whose term of service would expire previous to October 1, 1865, mustered out June 19, 1865. Remainder of Regiment mustered out July 11, 1865.

FOURTH REGIMENT, Infantry, mustered into service September 21, 1861. Original members, not veterans, mustered out of service September 30, 1864. First, second and third companies of sharp-shooters transferred to Fourth Regiment, February 25, 1865. Veterans, recruits and men transferred from the sharp-shooters, consolidated into eight companies, February 25, 1865. Recruits for one year and recruits whose term of service would expire previous to October 1, 1865, mustered out of service June 18, 1865. Remainder of Regiment mustered out of service July 13, 1865.

FIFTH REGIMENT, Infantry, mustered into service September 16, 1861. Original members, not veterans, mustered out September 15, 1864. Recruits for one year, and recruits whose term of service would expire previous to October I, 1865, mustered out June 19, 1865. Remainder of Regiment mustered out June 29, 1865.

SIXTH REGIMENT, Infantry, mustered into service October 15, 1861. Original members, not veterans, mustered out of service October 28, 1864. Veterans and recruits consolidated into six companies, October 16, 1864. Recruits for one year, and recruits whose term of service would expire previous to October 1, 1865, mustered out June 19, 1865. Remainder of Regiment mustered out June 26, 1865.

SEVENTH REGIMENT, Infantry, mustered into service February 12, 1862. Original members, not veterans, mustered out August 30, 1864. Regiment mustered out March 14, 1866.

EIGHTH REGIMENT, Infantry, mustered into service February r8, 1862. Original members, not veterans, mustered cut June 22, 1864. Recruits for one year, and recruits whose term of service would expire previous to October 1, 1865, mustered out June 21, 1865. Remainder of Regiment mustered out of service June 28, 1865.

NINTH REGIMENT, Infantry, mustered into service July 9, 1862. Original members and recruits whose term of service would expire previous to October I, 1865, mustered out of service June 13, 1865. Remaining officers and men consolidated into battalion of four companies. Battalion mustered out December 1, 1865.

TENTH REGIMENT, Infantry, mustered into service September 1, 1862. Original members and recruits whose term of service would expire previous to October 1, 1865, mustered out June 22, 1865. Remainder of Regiment mustered out June 29, 1865.

ELEVENTH REGIMENT, Infantry, (First Regiment Heavy Artillery, from December 10, 1863,) mustered into service September 1, 1862. Original members, recruits for one year, and recruits whose term of service would expire previous to October 1, 1865, mustered out of service June 24, 1865. Remaining officers and men consolidated into battalion of four companies, June 24, 1865. Battalion mustered out August 25, 1865,

TWELFTH REGIMENT, Infantry, mustered into service October 4, 1862. Mustered out July 14, 1863.

THIRTEENTH REGIMENT, Infantry, mustered into service October 10, 1862. Mustered Out July 21, 1863.

FIFTEENTH REGIMENT, mustered into service October 22, 1862. Mustered out of service August 5, 1863.

SEVENTEENTH REGIMENT, Infantry, mustered into service by companies in 1864. Mustered out July 14, 1865.

FIRST REGIMENT, Cavalry, mustered into service November 18, 1861. Original members, not veterans, mustered out of service November 18, 1864. Recruits for one year, and recruits whose term of service would expire previous to October 1, 1865, mustered out June 21, 1865. Remaining officers and men consolidated into battalion of six companies. Battalion mustered out August 9, 1865.

THIRD BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY, mustered into service January 1, 1864. Mustered out June 15, 1865.

 

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