Battles

Lee's Mill
(aka Dam No. 1/Burnt Chimneys)
April 16, 1862

Vermont units present/engaged:

2nd Infantry
3rd Infantry
4th Infantry
5th Infantry
6th Infantry

Casualties
Medal of Honor
Readings
Links
Current Status
Battle, In Brief

 Casualties

Adgate, Eleazer B., 18, Unknown; 5th VT INF

Axtell, F. Channing, 18, Bethel, VT; 6th VT INF

Ayer, Dana C., 18, Mount Holly, VT; 6th VT INF, VRC

Babcock, George C., 19, Poultney, VT; 6th VT INF

Backum, John C., 19, Johnson, VT; 3rd VT INF

Bailey, Andrew A., 28, Springfield, VT; 3rd VT INF

Bailey, Charles Francis, 40, Troy, VT; 6th VT INF

Bailey, James, 40, Roxbury, VT; 6th VT INF

Barney, Mason, 18, Royalton, VT; 6th VT INF

Batten, Albert James, 19, Topsham, VT; 3rd VT INF

Beauvais, Philip Peter Felix, 17, Highgate, VT; 5th VT INF

Beeman, Lewis, 22, Milton, VT; 6th VT INF

Bellows, Ruluf L., 36, Westford, VT; 6th VT INF

Benson, Madison J., 20, Worcester, VT; 6th VT INF, 17th VT INF

Biscorner, Mitchell, 27, Waitsfield, VT; 6th VT INF

Bishop, Jeremiah, 43, Brighton, VT; Waterford, VT; 3rd VT INF; 9th VT INF

Bishop, Jerome, 18, Brighton, VT; 3rd VT INF

Blakely, Roger T., 20, Brandon, VT; 6th VT INF

Blodgett, Lorenzo W., 44, Northfield, VT; 6th VT INF

Boynton, Austin L., 23, Pomfret, VT; 3rd VT INF

Briggs, Lucius E., 19, Charleston, VT; 3rd VT INF

Brown, Ephraim, 25, Belvidere, VT; 3rd VT INF

Buckley, John M., 0, Chester, VT; 6th VT INF, 1st VT CAV

Bush, Sidney J., 26, Saint Albans, VT; 3rd VT INF

Bussell, Hiram D., 18, Mount Holly, VT; 6th VT INF

Butterfield, John H., 22, Lincoln, VT; 3rd VT INF

Campbell, David Jr., 22, Canada; 3rd VT INF

Carey, William W., 20, Cavendish, VT; 1st VT INF, 6th VT INF

Carpenter, Lucius, 18, Burlington, VT; 2nd VT INF

Cenneville, Felix, 24, Saint Johnsbury, VT; 3rd VT INF

Chandler, Edward Aiken, 24, Pomfret, VT; 3rd VT INF

Colburn, Chandler E., 19, Troy, VT; 6th VT INF

Connell, Philip, 39, Brandon, VT; 6th VT INF

Connell, Thomas, 22, East Montpelier, VT; 3rd VT INF

Conner, James, 18, Port Henry, NY; 6th VT INF

Connery, James, 31, Burlington, VT; 6th VT INF

Cookman, James, 26, Charleston, VT; 3rd VT INF

Dana, Stillman Foster, 20, Waitsfield, VT; 3rd VT INF

Danforth, Sewell, 24, Holland, VT; 3rd VT INF

Daniels, Thomas, 27, Roxbury, VT; 6th VT INF

Davenport, David B., 39, Roxbury, VT; 6th VT INF

Davis, Martin Warner, 25, Coventry, VT; 6th VT INF

Davis, Wesley, 22, Charleston, VT; 3rd VT INF

Dibble, David J., 18, Wardsboro, VT; 4th VT INF

Dodge, Edwin R., 27, Elmore, VT; 6th VT INF

Downer, William H., 21, Hartford, VT; 3rd VT INF

Dunshee, Warner Bradley, 18, Bristol, VT; 6th VT INF

Duphany, Antoine, 42, Pomfret, VT; 6th VT INF

Dyke, Calvin, 34, Royalton, VT; 3rd VT INF

Ellis, Daniel, 44, Granville, VT; 3rd VT INF

Emmons, William H., 20, Huntington, VT; 3rd VT INF

Fairbanks, Luke Bowen, 22, Bethel, VT; 3rd VT INF

Fales, John W., 18, Cabot, VT; 6th VT INF

Farr, George V., 20, Brandon, VT; 6th VT INF

Ferris, Jones W., 25, Roxbury, VT; 3rd VT INF

Fisk, Van Loren M., 23, Northfield, VT; 4th VT INF

Fuller, Ephraim H., 20, Waitsfield, VT; 6th VT INF

Fuller, William, 21, Unknown; 2nd VT INF

Garrow, Solomon, 18, Granville, VT; 6th VT INF

Gerard, John, 25, Middlebury, VT; 6th VT INF

Gibson, William M., 18, Wallingford, VT; 6th VT INF

Goddard, Elisha M., 21, Mount Holly, VT; 6th VT INF

Godfrey, William W., 26, Orange, VT; 6th VT INF

Gould, Page, 21, Middlesex, VT; 6th VT INF

Gove, Edwin Ruthven, 24, Lincoln, VT; 6th VT INF

Graves, Luther, 23, Cavendish, VT; 6th VT INF

Graves, Nathan W., 21, Cavendish, VT; 6th VT INF

Green, William H., 20, Sheffield, VT; 3rd VT INF

Grimes, Franklin Norton, 19, Weathersfield, VT; 4th VT INF

Grout, Austin, 26, Weathersfield, VT; 6th VT INF

Hamner, Truman T., 21, Lincoln, VT; 5th VT INF

Hancock, William Burr, 29, Worcester, VT; 6th VT INF

Harris, John P., 18, Danville, VT; 4th VT INF

Henry, William, 21, Swanton, VT; 5th VT INF

Hill, Chester K., 25, Eden, VT; 3rd VT INF, 56th MA INF

Hill, Henry C., 18, Morgan, VT; 3rd VT INF

Hogan, Daniel, 21, Braintree, VT; 6th VT INF

Houghton, Horace A., 23, Windsor, VT; 6th VT INF

Hoyt, Albert J., 19, Hardwick, VT; 3rd VT INF

Hurd, William L., 18, Hartford, VT; 3rd VT INF

Hutchinson, Alonzo, 26, Charleston, VT; 3rd VT INF

Ingram, Charles W., 21, Newfane, VT; 4th VT INF

Jackson, Frederick K., 18, Groton, VT; 3rd VT INF

Jones, Daniel S., 20, Wheelock, VT; 6th VT INF

Kelley, John, 21, Danby, VT; 6th VT INF

Kibbie, George, 24, Hartford, VT; 3rd VT INF

Kinney, Edwin R., 21, Burlington, VT; 1st VT INF, 6th VT INF

Knapp, Charles H. Pitman, 27, Stratton, VT; 4th VT INF

Labay, Joseph, 18, Derby, VT; 3rd VT INF

Lunge, Carlos, 22, Albany, VT; 3rd VT INF

Macuin, Daniel, 27, Plymouth, VT; 6th VT INF

Mayo, Isaac, 24, Lincoln, VT; 5th VT INF

McCarty, James, 25, Barton, VT; 3rd VT INF

Metcalf, Frank O., 23, Woodstock, VT; 3rd VT INF

Morrill, Frank, 22, Hartford, VT; 3rd VT INF

Morse, D. Milton, 24, Brookfield, VT; 3rd VT INF

Morse, Ira E., 22, Charleston, VT; 3rd VT INF

Murdick, Newton I., 24, Middlebury, VT; 5th VT INF

Murphy, Thomas Parish, 21, Roxbury, VT; 6th VT INF

Neal, John, 18, Charleston, VT; 3rd VT INF

Niles, Jason D., 23, Charleston, VT; 3rd VT INF

Niles, Stephen B., 26, Halifax, VT; 4th VT INF

Noyes, Annas C., 22, Chester, VT; 6th VT INF

Oakes, Joseph, 28, Bristol, VT; 6th VT INF

Page, Charles H., 22, Barre, VT; 3rd VT INF

Page, Francis A., 18, Barnet, VT; 4th VT INF

Parker, George A., 18, Sherburne, VT; 6th VT INF

Pasha, Antoine, 21, Burlington, VT; 6th VT INF

Patch, Alfred H., 20, Wallingford, VT; 3rd VT INF

Pearsons, Archie M., 19, Shrewsbury, VT; 5th VT INF, VRC

Perry, Edward, 20, Woodstock, VT; 3rd VT INF

Perry, Jacob F., 22, Woodstock, VT; 3rd VT INF

Pingree, Samuel Everett, 27, Hartford, VT; 3rd VT INF

Pollard, Henry Z., 20, Ludlow, VT; 3rd VT INF, 6th VT INF

Reed, Alonzo C., 20, Pomfret, VT; 3rd VT INF

Reynolds, Edwin F., 31, Rutland, VT; 1st VT INF, 6th VT INF

Reynolds, Thomas, 20, Sherbrooke, PQ, Canada; 3rd VT INF

Rising, William Heman, 42, Warren, VT; 6th VT INF

Robinson, John Randolph, 30, Brownington, VT; 6th VT INF

Rowell, Richard H., 23, Brighton, VT; 3rd VT INF

Royce, Charles H., 21, Woodstock, VT; 3rd VT INF, VRC

Russell, James W., 32, Underhill, VT; 5th VT INF

Sabine, Alistine M., 18, Potton, PQ, Canada; 6th VT INF

Savery, John H., 24, Clarendon, VT; 2nd VT INF

Scarbo, Midor, 23, Milton, VT; 6th VT INF

Scott, William, 22, Groton, VT; 3rd VT INF

Shepherd, Daniel P., 27, Warren, VT; 6th VT INF

Shepherd, Mason C., 18, Waitsfield, VT; 6th VT INF

Shepherd, Oliver S., 26, Monkton, VT; 6th VT INF

Simonds, Joseph, 42, Roxbury, VT; 6th VT INF

Smalley, John G., 21, Norwich, VT; 3rd VT INF

Smith, Clark W., 31, Rutland, VT; 6th VT INF, 1st VT CAV

Smith, Jones M., 21, Stockbridge, VT; 3rd VT INF

Snay, George H., 23, Rutland, VT; 6th VT INF

Squier, Edwin D., 25, Vergennes, VT; 6th VT INF

Stevens, Orlando C., 21, Brighton, VT; 3rd VT INF

Sweetland, Samuel, 28, Troy, VT; 3rd VT INF

Talbirt, Lewis E., 45, Coventry, VT; 6th VT INF

Thayer, Rodney R., 23, Stockbridge, VT; 6th VT INF

Thomas, Frank J., 18, Burke, VT; 3rd VT INF

Thompson, Samuel, 22, Pittsburgh, NH; 3rd VT INF

Turner, Charles, 18, Johnson, VT; 3rd VT INF

Utton, Edmund E., 21, Worcester, VT; 6th VT INF, 8th VT INF

Vance, Walter P., 42, Columbia, NH; 3rd VT INF

Vincelett, Trifley, 20, Plymouth, VT; 3rd VT INF

Wales, Lucius W., 18, Roxbury, VT; 6th VT INF

Wales, Samuel W., 22, Roxbury, VT; 3rd VT INF, VRC

Walker, Hiram, 44, Swanton, VT; 6th VT INF

Waterman, Ezekiel D., 42, Roxbury, VT; 3rd VT INF

Wells, Charles W., 18, Burke, VT; 3rd VT INF

Whitcomb, Emerson E., 25, Springfield, VT; 3rd VT INF

Whitcomb, Willis, 24, Hartford, VT; 3rd VT INF

White, Henry, 18, Montpelier, VT; 6th VT INF

White, Joseph, 33, Roxbury, VT; 6th VT INF

Whitney, Cyrus O., 23, Braintree, VT; 6th VT INF

Whittier, James John, 18, Lincoln, VT; 6th VT INF

Willey, Alonzo F., 24, East Montpelier, VT; 3rd VT INF

Wilson, Amos H., 21, Charleston, VT; 3rd VT INF

Wilson, Don C., 22, Bethel, VT; 3rd VT INF

Wilson, Jeremiah Emery, 24, Stockbridge, VT; 6th VT INF

Wilson, Richard, 21, Sherburne, VT; 3rd VT INF

Wood, Louis, 26, Readsboro, VT; 2nd VT INF

Woodard, Dana C., 18, Woodstock, VT; 6th VT INF

Wright, Alexis Bicknall, 43, Norwich, VT; 3rd VT INF, 9th VT INF

Wright, Edwin C., 20, Bristol, VT; 6th VT INF

 Medal of Honor

Holton, Edward A., biography (MOH)

Pingree, Samuel E., biography/obituary (MOH)

Scott, Julian A., Medal of Honor (3rd VT INF)

 Readings

At Lee's Mill, April 16th, where the other regiments of the brigade received their first baptism of blood, the Second (Vermont Infantry) was held back as a support, and lost but two men. (Footnote: William Fuller of Co. F., killed outright by a piece of shell, and John H. Savory, Co. B., mortally wounded. He died of his wound two days after. (Source: Benedict, i:101)

Benedict, Chapter 11 (1st Brigade, Williamsburg, Lee's Mill, Camp Griffin)

Hodge, Freeman E., correspondence (3rd VT INF)

The Vermonters At Lee's Mill (3rd VT INF)

 Links

Battle of Dam No. 1 (Lee's Mill)

Lee Hall Mansion

The 1862 Peninsula Campaign

 Current Status

See the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report on the Nation's Civil War Battlefields

If you are interested in helping to preserve a similar piece of America's heritage, please contact one of the partipating organizations in the Vermont Civil War Council.

 Battle, In Brief

The engagement known as that of Lee's Mill, was a notable one, as being the first assault on an entrenched line made by the Army of the Potomac, as an exhibition of remarkable bravery in the troops engaged, and as one of the bloodiest actions, in proportion to numbers engaged, in which the Vermont troops took part during the war. It was also one of the most useless wastes of life and most lamentable of unimproved opportunities recorded in this history. (Read further...)

Photographs

site of initial attack made by 3rd Vermont Infantry

Site of the initial attack made by the 3rd Vermont Infantry

Parrot gun and ammo wagon

Parrot gun and ammo wagon.

Additional Confederate earthworks

Additional trenches in the Confederate earthworks.

Newport News, Va., City Park has preserved a good portion of the battlefield, as evidenced by the photographs above. Photographs courtesy of Erick Bush, 3rd-great-grandson of Private Michael Stack, 12th Vermont Infantry and Daniel Westford Sullivan, 1st Vermont Cavalry.


Additional Readings

Bravery at Lee's Mills

"Among the incidents of the fight at Lee's Mills, Va., on the 16th of April, 1862, was the recovery from a fever of Sergeant Fletcher, of Company E, Third Vermont, on the sick list, and excused from duty, and the use he made of his temporary health. He crossed the stream and went through the fight; then, on his return, was among those who went back and rescued the wounded. On his return to camp he went into hospital, and resumed his fever, with aggravation.

"John Harrington, a beardless orphan boy, of seventeen, unarmed, went over and rescued out of the rifle-pit a disabled comrade.

"Lieutenant Whittemore commanded Company E. This officer, with his revolver, covered Harrington in his hazardous expedition, and killed several rebels who aimed their pieces at they boy. His most intimate friend in the company, private Vance, had been killed in the rifle-pit. Whittemore, enraged with sorrow, burst into tears, and seizing the dead soldier's musket, stood over him, and threatened death to any who should retreat; and then stooping down, he took cartridge after cartridge from his friend's box, and killed his man with every fire -- raging with a divine fury the while.

"Among the phenomena of the fight was the condition of the uniform of Captain Burnett, of Company K, Third Vermont. It had eight bullet holes in it, one through the collar of his coat, one through the right coat sleeve, one through his pantaloons below the left knee, one through both pantaloons and drawers above the right knee, and four though the skirts of his coat. There was not a scratch upon this man's skin."

(Source: Waite's Vermont in the Great Rebellion, pp 278-9.)

A Tour of Lee Hall Mansion


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