Battles

Salem Heights, Virginia
(Banks' Ford)
May 3-4, 1863

Vermont units present/engaged:

1st Vermont Brigade

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

Casualties
Medal of Honor
Readings
Links
Bibliography

 Casualties

Ainsworth, Luther, 31, Waitsfield, VT; comn 2LT, Co. H, 6th VT INF, 10/4/61 (10/15/61), pr 1LT 2/18/62 (2/18/62), pr CPT 9/20/62 (11/7/62), kia, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63 (gsw in abdomen)

Balch, Edward Ernest, 17, Ludlow, VT; enl 5/7/61, m/i 6/20/61, CORP, Co. I, 2nd VT INF, red 12/1/61, pow, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, prld 5/14/63, m/o 6/29/64

Barnes, Lucian, 21, Woodstock, VT; enl 8/22/62, m/i 9/30/62, PVT, Co. A, 6th VT INF, wdd, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63, tr to VRC 2/15/64, m/o 11/2/64

Barr, George, 22, Highgate, VT; enl 9/28/61, m/i 10/15/61, CORP, Co. K, 6th VT INF, dsrtd 9/6/62, rtnd 11/2/62, wdd, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63, wdd, Spotsylvania, 5/12/64, m/o 10/28/64

Bolles, Lyman H., 24, Woodford, VT; enl 8/25/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. A, 4th VT INF, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, pow, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, prld 5/15/63, pow, Wilderness, 5/5/64, Andersonville, d/prison 10/5/64 (scorbutus)

Burgin, Patrick, 30, Montpelier, VT; enl 7/30/63, m/i 9/30/61, Pvt, Co. D, 2nd VT INF, kia, Salem Heights, 5/4/63

Bush, Henry J., 30, Brookline, VT; enl 8/24/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. F, 4th VT INF, kia, Salem Heights, 5/4/63

Button, William H., 19, Sheldon, VT; enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. C, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 9/5/61, m/i 9/16/61, SGT, Co. A, 5th VT INF, dsrtd 10/36/62, rtnd 3/20/63, red, kia, Salem Heights, 5/4/63

Carleton, David G., 18, Vershire, VT; enl, 8/11/62, m/i Pvt, Co. B, 4th VT INF, 9/22/62, pr CORP, 9/20/64, pr SGT 1/25/65, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, m/o 6/19/65

Church, Chauncey Langdon, 21, Jericho, VT; enl 8/20/62, m/i 9/15/62, Pvt, Co. G, 2nd VT INF, kia, Salem Heights, 5/4/63 [College: UVM 65]

Clark, Francis, 18, Lincoln, VT; enl 9/27/61, m/i 10/15/61, PVT, Co. A, 6th VT INF, wdd, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63, tr to VRC 9/1/63, m/o 10/15/64

Cook, Madison, 18, Brattleboro, VT; enl 5/1/61, m/i 6/20/61, Pvt, Co. C, 2nd VT INF, kia, Salem Heights, 5/4/63

Covey, Suel Pierson, 44, Townshend, VT; enl 8/18/62, m/i 9/30/62, Pvt, Co. I, 4th VT INF, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, tr to VRC 3/29/64, m/o 7/14/65

Crossan, John C., 19, Saint Johnsbury, VT; enl 3/10/62, Pvt, Co. C, 3rd VT INF, pr CORP, kia, Salem Heights, 5/4/63

Danforth, Alonzo W., 19, Bristol, VT; enl 9/30/61, m/i 10/15/61, PVT, Co. A, 6th VT INF, pr CORP 11/1/62, reen 12/15/63, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/3/63, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, tr to 171st Co., 2nd Btln, VRC, 10/11/64, m/o 7/17/65

Dike, Hiram F., 18, Waitsfield, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. H, 6th VT INF, pr CORP 3/17/62, mwia, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63, d/wds 5/4/63

Dow, Charles W., 21, Ludlow, VT; enl 8/16/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. C, 4th VT INF, pow 5/4/63; prld 8/29/63, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, tr to Co. A, 6th VRC 6/15/64; m/o 10/5/64; also Co. E, 1st MA CAV, Co. D, 26th NY CAV

Dow, Lorenzo, 18, Lincoln, VT; enl 10/3/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. A, 6th VT INF, pow, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63, prld 5/15/63, tr to VRC 4/15/64, m/o 11/14/65

Downer, David E., 26, Shaftsbury, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 9/21/61, CORP, Co. A, 4th VT INF, red, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, tr to VRC 4/10/64, m/o 9/20/64

Doyle, Frederick, 18, Williamstown, VT; enl 10/3/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. B, 6th VT INF, kia, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63

Duncan, George H., 21, Wardsboro, VT; enl, Springfield, MA, 5/31/61, m/i, Pvt, Co. F, 10th MA INF, 6/21/61, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/3/63, m/o 7/1/64; enl 2/21/65, m/i 3/21/65, Pvt, Co. B, 8th VT INF, m/o 6/28/65

English, Hiram S., 24, Woodstock, VT; enl 8/14/62, m/i 9/30/62, PVT, Co. C, 6th VT INF, 1/1/63, pr SGT 5/20/64, comn 1LT, Co. C, 10/29/64 (11/8/64), pr Adjutant 11/12/64 (12/15/64), wdd, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63, m/o 6/19/65

Fales, John W., 18, Cabot, VT; enl 9/30/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. F, 6th VT INF, Wdd, Lee's Mill, 4/16/62, wdd, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63, pow, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63, prld 5/14/63, m/o 10/28/64

Fisher, Gilbert, 24, West Fairlee, VT; enl 8/21/62, m/i 9/22/62, Pvt, Co. B, 6th VT INF, kia, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63

Fletcher, Solon W., 20, Burlington, VT; enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. H, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 9/9/61, m/i 10/15/61, SGT, Co. I, 6th VT INF, pow, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63, prld 5/15/63, red 12/8/63, reen 12/15/63, m/o 6/26/65

Fuller, Nelson, 28, Salem, VT; enl 4/22/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, tr to VRC 9/1/63, m/o 7/15/64

Garrow, Oliver, 22, Burlington, VT; enl 5/7/61, m/i 6/20/61, Pvt, Co. G, 2nd VT INF, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, pow, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, prld 5/16/63, m/o 6/29/64

Gleason, Francis A., 27, Brattleboro, VT; enl 5/1/61, m/i 6/20/61, SGT, Co. C, 2nd VT INF, pr 1SGT, 1/23/62, comn 2LT, 10/20/62 (11/5/62), pr 1LT, 3/1/63 (3/17/63), mwia, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, d/wds 5/30/63

Goodall, Richard P., 22, Holland, VT; enl 4/22/61, m/i 7/16/61, CORP, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, pr SGT, comn 2LT, Co. G, 1/15/63 (2/2/63), wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, m/o 7/27/64

Goodrich, Leonard H., 28, Norwich, VT; enl 8/14/62, m/i 9/22/62, Pvt, Co. B, 6th VT INF, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/3/63, pow, Salem Heights, 5/3/63, prld 5/16/63, dis/wds, 3/17/64

Grace, James, 18, Middlebury, VT; enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. I, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 8/19/61, m/i 9/16/61, 2SGT, Co. B, 5th VT INF, pr 1SGT 2/1/65, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, pow, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, prld, 5/15/63, reen 2/20/64, comn 1LT, Co. H, 5/10/65 (5/31/65), m/o 6/19/65

Haselton, David, 18, Westford, VT; enl 5/7/61, m/i 6/20/61, Pvt, Co. G, 2nd VT INF, kia, Salem Heights, 5/4/63

Hastings, Frank, 19, Burlington, VT; enl 2/20/62, m/i 4/12/62, PVT, Co. C, 4th VT INF, pr SGTMAJ 7/17/62, comn 2LT, Co. B, 4/1/63 (9/7/63), pow, 7/24/63, prld 12/28/63, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, m/o 9/21/64

Henry, Warren M., 27, Rockingham, VT; enl 8/25/62, m/i 9/30/62, Pvt, Co. E, 6th VT INF, kia, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63

Hicks, Richard Goodsill, 24, Sheldon, VT; enl 9/23/61, m/i 10/15/61, CORP, Co. I, 6th VT INF, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/3/63, pow, Salem Heights, 5/3/63, prld 5/16/63, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, m/o 10/31/64

Higgins, William, 22, Shoreham, VT; enl 5/17/61, m/i 6/20/61, Pvt, Co. K, 2nd VT INF, pow 7/2/62, prld 8/5/62, pr CORP 12/31/62, kia, Salem Heights, 5/4/63

Houghton, Warren V., 21, Putney, VT; enl 5/1/61, m/i 6/20/61, Pvt, Co. C, 2nd VT INF, pr CORP, kia, Salem Heights, 5/4/63

Jones, Samuel H., 26, Hartland, VT; enl 8/18/62, m/i 9/30/62, PVT, Co. C, 6th VT INF, wdd, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63, tr to VRC 7/1/63, m/o 8/21/65

Kennedy, Ronald Albert, 24, Concord, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, SGT, Co. I, 3rd VT INF, pr 1SGT, comn 2LT, Co. D, 9/22/62 (10/23/62), pr 1LT, Co. I, 10/13/62 (10/24/62), wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, pr CPT, Co. K, 1/8/64 (2/1/64), pr LTC, 2/20/65, pr COL 6/9/65 (6/28/65), m/o 6/29/65 as LTC

Kenney, George W., 19, Orange, VT; enl 8/20/62, m/i 9/22/62, PVT, Co. G, 6th VT INF, wdd, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63, tr to VRC 3/31/64, m/o 7/1/65

Kerigan, Michael, 29, Burlington, VT; enl 10/27/62, m/i 10/27/62, Pvt, Co. I, 5th VT INF, kia, Salem Heights, 5/4/63

Kimball, Frederick Marius, 21, Glover, VT; enl 9/20/61, m/i 10/15/61, SGT, Co. D, 6th VT INF, pr 1SGT, comn 2LT, Co. G, 2/3/63 (2/13/63), wdd, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63, wdd, Funkstown, 7/10/63, dis/wds, 10/22/63; further service in VRC, Co. G, 13th RGT, VRC, 24th Co., 2nd Btln, VRC, 246th Co. 1st Btln, Co. F, 18th RGT, VRC, Co. D, 3rd RGT, VRC, Co. D, 22nd RGT, VRC

Lane, Michael, 21, Mount Holly, VT; enl 8/11/62, m/i 9/22/62, Pvt, Co. G, 4th VT INF, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, tr to VRC 12/4/64, m/o 7/18/65

Lanphere, John M., 18, Brattleboro, VT; enl 5/1/61, m/i 6/20/61, Pvt, Co. C, 2nd VT INF, pow, Savage's Station, 6/29/62, prld 9/13/62, kia, Salem Heights, 5/4/63

Meader, Charles C., 15, Newbury, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. C, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lewinsville, 9/11/61, wdd, Marye's Heights, 5/3/63, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, m/o 7/27/64

Messier, Moses, 43, Hartford, VT; enl 11/20/61, m/i 11/20/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, pow, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, prld 5/15/63, dis/dsb 3/24/64

Montgomery, Caleb, 29, Starksboro, VT; enl 8/28/61, m/i 9/16/61, Pvt, Co. B, 5th VT INF, kia, Salem Heights, 5/4/63

Morgan, Henry, 20, Bennington, VT; enl 3/12/62, m/i 4/12/62, Pvt, Co. G, 4th VT INF, tr to Co. F, 2/25/65, wdd, Winchester, 9/19/64, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, m/o 4/12/65

Morton, Willis W., 20, Randolph, VT; enl 9/7/61, m/i 9/21/61, PVT, Co. K, 4th VT INF, pr CORP 12/1/61, pr SGT 12/10/62, pr 1SGT, 12/13/63, comn 2LT, Co. h, 10/20/63, pr 1LT, 8/9/64 (9/29/64), wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, m/o 9/30/64

Moulton, Eliphalet Pillsbury, 43, Bloomfield, VT; enl 1/2/62, m/i 1/10/62, Pvt, Co. I, 3rd VT INF, pow, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, prld 5/15/63, dsrtd 7/28/64, rtnd 9/16/64, disch/dishonorable, 1/14/65

Patch, Abial H., 26, Roxbury, VT; enl 4/4/62, m/i 4/12/62, Pvt, Co. H, 6th VT INF, wdd, Savage's Station, 6/29/62, wdd, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63, dis/wds 12/28/63

Paul, William, 29, Bennington, VT; enl 8/10/61, m/i 9/21/61, PVT, Co. A, 4th VT INF, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, pow, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, prld 5/13/63, reen 12/15/63, pr CORP 10/5/62, pr SGT 5/23/65, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, m/o 7/13/65; Co. C&E, 21st US INF

Perry, John P., 44, Panton, VT; enl 8/11/62, m/i 9/15/62, Pvt, Co. K, 2nd VT INF, kia, Salem Heights, 5/4/63

Porter, Warren C., 37, Fayston, VT; enl 10/15/61, m/i 10/31/61, Pvt, Co. G, 6th VT INF, pow, Salem Heights, 5/3/63, prld 5/15/63, m/o 10/28/64

Prouty, Henry Harrison, 19, Brattleboro, VT; enl 5/1/61, m/i 6/20/61, SGT, Co. C, 2nd VT INF, pr SGTMAJ, 4/14/63, comn 2LT, Co. H, 11/2/63 (11/11/63), pr 1LT, Co. H, 4/24/64 (5/5/64), pr CPT, Co. B, 12/24/64 (1/31/65), wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, m/o 7/15/65

Raycroft, William, 26, Williamstown, VT; enl 9/29/61, m/i 10/15/61, PVT, Co. B, 6th VT INF, reen 12/15/63, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/3/63, wdd, Cedar Creek, 10/19/64, pr SGT, comn 2LT, Co. K, 11/12/64 (12/15/64), pr 1LT, 4/22/65 (5/3/65), m/o 6/26/65

Reynolds, Edwin L., 23, Cambridge, VT; enl 10/15/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. I, 6th VT INF, kia, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63

Roach, Edward O., 19, Burlington, VT; enl 9/24/61, m/i 10/15/61, PVT, Co. F, 6th VT INF, wdd, Savage's Station, 6/29/62, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/3/63, pow, Salem Heights, 5/3/63 prld 5/16/63, pr CORP, tr to VRC 3/8/64, m/o 10/15/64

Saint George, Alexander, 28, Milton, VT; enl 10/2/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. I, 6th VT INF, kia, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63

Shonnio, Arnold B., 26, Duxbury, VT; enl 9/9/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. G, 6th VT INF, pow, Salem Heights, 5/3/63, prld 5/16/63, wdd, 5/3/63, dis/wds, 10/17/63

Shumway, John B., 32, Bradford, VT; enl 8/11/62, m/i 9/22/62, PVT, Co. B, 6th VT INF, wdd, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63, tr to VRC 1/15/64, m/o 7/19/65

Sibley, Truman A., 28, Readsboro, VT; 10th MA INF; enl 6/21/61, pow, Salem Heights, 5/3/63, m/o 7/1/64

Sullivan, John Timothy, 18, Middlebury, VT; enl 3/1/62, m/i 4/12/62, Pvt, Co. B, 5th VT INF, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, tr to VRC 8/1/63, m/o 11/14/65

Veo, Joseph, 21, Roxbury, VT; enl 10/7/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. G, 6th VT INF, wdd, Fredericksburg, 12/13/62, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, m/o 10/28/64

Walker, Francis, 26, Bennington, VT; 10th MA INF; res. North Adams, enl 6/14/61, m/i 6/21/61, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/3/63, reen 12/21/63, tr 6/20/64 to 37th MA INF

Weaver, Charles W., 19, Lincoln, VT; enl 10/1/61, m/i 10/15/61, PVT, Co. A, 6th VT INF, wdd, Banks' Ford, 5/4/63, tr to VRC 2/8/64, m/o 11/28/65 (pension - gsw rt hip)

Wheeler, Daniel Davis, 20, Cavendish, VT; comn 2LT, Co. C, 4th VT INF, 9/3/61 (9/3/61), pr 1LT, Co. D, 4/21/62 (4/21/62), tr to Co. G, 1/18/63, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/3/63; Bvt CPT and ADC on staff of Gen. WTH Brooks, commanding 1st Division, 18th A.C., and later cmndng 10th A.C.; CPT (or MAJ?) and AAG, USV, 12/27/64, on staff of Gen. Ord, commanding 18th A.C.; LTC and AAG, 25th A.C., 5/26/65; Bvt COL, 3/65 for gallant and meritorious service during the war; m/o 10/19/66; 1LT, 67; CPT and AQM, USA, 7/2/79; pr. B.G. 8/15/1903, retired 8/16/1903 (Medal of Honor)

Whitcomb, Asa, 0, Orange, VT; enl 10/18/62, Pvt, Co. B, 6th VT INF, pow, Banks' Ford, 5/5/63, prld 5/15/63, kia, Wilderness, 5/5/64

Whitman, Seth, 21, Morristown, VT; enl 8/14/62, Pvt, Co. E, 3rd VT INF, kia, Salem Heights, 5/4/63

Wilkins, George F., 21, Ferrisburgh, VT; enl 9/12/61, m/i 10/18/61, Pvt, Co. G, 2nd VT INF, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, tr to VRC 9/1/63, m/o 10/17/64

Wilson, Lewis M., 33, Bakersfield, VT; enl 5/13/61, m/i 6/20/61, Pvt, Co. G, 2nd VT INF, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, pow, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, prld 5/16/63, m/o 6/29/64

Woods, Oliver H., 23, Barnet, VT; enl 8/16/62, m/i 9/22/62, Pvt, Co. K, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Salem Heights, 5/4/63, tr to VRC 8/1/63, m/o 6/28/65

 Medal of Honor

Butterfield, Franklin G., biography (MOH) (6th VT INF)

Grant, Lewis A., biography (MOH)

Wheeler, Daniel D., biography (MOH)

 Readings

Benedict, Chapter 14 (1st Brigade, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Salem Heights)

Benedict, Chapter 6 (2nd Infantry ,Part 2)

Benedict, Chapter 7 (3rd Infantry)

Benedict, Chapter 8 (4th Infantry)

Benedict, Chapter 9 (5th Infantry)

 Links

Brooks, William T. H., Battle at Salem Church, May 3, 1863

Old Salem Church

 Bibliography

Pending.


Legend: 1C - 1st Class; 1SGT - First Sergeant; 1LT - First Lieutenant; 2C - 2nd Class; 2LT - Second Lieutenant; 3C - 3rd Class; A.C. - Army Corps; AG - Adjutant General; AAG - Assistant Adjutant General; AAAG - Acting Assistant Adjutant General; AACS - Acting Assistant Commissary of Subsistence; AAQM - Acting Assistant Quartermaster; ACT - Acting; ADC - Aide-de-Camp; AIG - Assistant Inspector General; A&IG - Adjutant & Inspector General; AoP - Army of the Potomac; A.P.M. - Additional Paymaster; AQM - Assistant Quartermaster; ARTIF - Artificer; ASURG - Assistant Surgeon; AWOL - Awary Without Official Leave; BGen - Brigadier General; BGLR - Bugler; BNDMSTR - Bandmaster; BTRY - Battery; Bvt - brevet; enl - enlisted; CH BGLR - Chief Bugler; CS - Commissary of Subsistence; com - commissioned; CPL - Corporal; CPT - Captain; cred. - credited to; CS - Commissary of Subsistence; CSSGT - Commissary Sergeant; CSA - Confederate States Army; d/dis - died of disease; d/prison - died in prison*; d/svc - died in service (cause unknown); d/wds - died of wounds; dis/dsb - discharged for disability; dis/dishon - dishonorable discharge; DRMMAJ - Drum Major; DRMR - Drummer; dsrtd - deserted; ENG - Engineer; FFR - Fifer; FMAJ - Fife Major; FN - Fireman; GCM - general court martial; gsw - gunshot wound; Hosp. - Hospital; Hosp. Stwrd - Hospital Steward; IG - Inspector General, INF - Infantry; kia - killed in action; LARTY - Light Artillery; LNDS - Landsman; MGen - Major General; m/i - mustered in; m/o - mustered out; MSCN - Musician; mwia - mortally wounded in action; n.d. - no date; nfr - no further record; P.M. - Paymaster; pow - taken prisoner; pr - promoted; PRIN MSCN - Principle Musician; prld - paroled; QM - Quartermaster; QMSGT - Quartermaster Sergeant; RCRT - Recruit; red - reduced (demoted); Regtl - Regimental; resgd - resigned; RQM - Regimental Quartermaster; SDLR - Saddler; SGTMJR - Sergeant Major; SOWD - Special Order, War Department; SURG - Surgeon; SVC - Service; tr to/from - transferred to/from; USA - US Army; USCA - US Colored Artillery; USCI - US Colored Infantry; USSS - US Sharpshooters; USV - US Volunteers; VHAC - Vermont Heavy Artillery Company; VRC - Veterans Reserve Corps; VVC - Vermont Volunteer Cavalry; VVI - Vermont Volunteer Infantry; WGNR - Wagoner; wdd - wounded
* NOTE: d/prison may include those who died on parole as a result of imprisonment

Source of roster information: basic information on enlistments, promotions, casualties, etc. comes from the 1892 "Revised Roster of Vermont Volunteers," and additional information from a variety of sources, including cemetery, pension, census and other records as well as obituaries and published biographies of individuals, when available.

 

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