Bromley, James W.
Age: 27, credited to Danby, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF
Service: enl 5/8/61, m/i 6/20/61, PVT, Co. B, 2nd VT INF, reen 12/21/63, pr CPL, pr SGT 2/7/65, kia, Petersburg, 4/2/65
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Birth: abt 1833, Danby, VT
Burial: Read Cemetery, Danby, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: John Arsenault
Findagrave Memorial #: 69709621
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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James W. Bromley
JAMES W. BROMLEY, son of Miner Bromley, enlisted for three years in Co. B., 2d Vt Reg't, May 8, 1861, being the first that went from this town for three years. Before the expiration of his term of service he re-enlisted Dec. 21, 1863, and was promoted sergeant. After his re-enlistment in '65 he was granted a furlough home to see his friends. He re-joined the regiment at Brandy Station just when the Army of the Potomac under Gen. Grant commenced it's grand march toward Richmond. He was killed at Petersburg, Va., April 20, '65, when the last battle, which was to crush the rebellion was being fought. He was in over thirty pitched battles, being one of the original members of the regiment --- shared in all the dangers, trials, sufferings, and hardships of the regiment --- always on duty, and having been several times wounded. Brave and daring, he was ever ready to share with his comrades the dangers to which they were often exposed, being always prompt in the discharge of duty. His health was good through his entire term of service, and he never failed of being able to perform his duty as a soldier, and never dodged the post of danger, or flinched in the face of the enemy. No soldier in the Vermont brigade possessed a better reputation; his conduct in every engagement with the enemy being highly commended by officers and men. His coolness and courage was shown in the first engagement with the enemy at Yorktown, April 6, 1862, and through out the disastrous campaign of Gen. McClellan --- at Williamsburg, May 5 at Chickahominy, from May 20 to 26, at Hanover C.H. May 27, Fair Oaks June 1, Golden Farms June 30, Savage Station June 27, White Oak Swamp June 28, Charles City June 30, and Malvern Farm July 1. After the retreat of McClellan, he was with his regiment under Gen. Pope, in the engagement at the second Bull Run, where he also exhibited gallant conduct. Following the fortunes of his regiment, he was next in the battle at Fredericksburg May 3, 1863, and at Franklin Crossing June 5, under Gen. Hooker. In the bloody engagement at Gettysburg, July 2 and 3, at Fairfield July 5, Rappahannock Station Nov. 7, at Mine Run Nov. 24, under Gen. Meade, he was particularly distinguished for fearless charge of duty. From the opening of the campaign of '64, under Gen Grant, he was in the terrible battles of the Wilderness May 5 and 6, at Spotsylvania May 8, 10, and 12, at Anderson's House May 20, at Cold Harbor 1-13, at Petersburg June 16 to July 10, at Fort Stevens July 12, at Winchester Sept. 15, at Fisher's Hill, Sept. 22, and at Cedar Creek, Oct. 19. He re-enlisted in Dec. 1863, arose from his unbounded patriotism and determination to see the rebellion put to an end. His promotion to sergeant was the result of gallant conduct, and he nobly sustained his reputation in closing battles around Richmond until his death. After having escaped death in all its forms, and on the day previous to the fall of Richmond, the last strong hold of the rebellion, and an achievement for which our armies had fought for nearly five years, and for which his own valor had helped to achieve, he fell in the front of battle, fighting for the country he loved.
Hemenway's Historical Gazetteer, 1877, iii:660
Courtesy of Deanna French.