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Burnham, Henry P.


Age: 19, credited to Williamstown, VT
Unit(s): 10th VT INF
Service: enl 8/5/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. G, 10th VT INF, kia, Cedar Creek, 10/19/64

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Birth: 12/11/1843, Williamstown, VT
Death: 10/19/1864

Burial: East Hill Cemetery, Williamstown, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 51989523


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: WPA Graves Registration Card indicates that this is a cenotaph.
10th Vt. History off-site


3rd Great Granduncle of Jeffery D. Downing, Glen Ellyn, IL

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East Hill Cemetery, Williamstown, VT

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The following tribute to private Henry P. Burnham, Co. G, 10th Vermont regiment, son of David Burnham, Esq., of Williamstown, is furnished by an officer of his acquaintance and will be read with more than ordinary interest, and afford much comfort to the numerous relatives and friends of the family:
'Our brigade had made a charge and retaken McKnight’s guns on the morning of Oct. 19th, and the enemy being on either flank was retreating rapidly to avoid being captured, when it received a volley from the flank, and privates Burnham and Crocker were instantly killed, - both shot through the head, evidently by the same bullet, - and fell forward upon their faces, neither of them speaking after being struck. It would have been folly for any man to have waited there long enough to take their effects, so they were left; and the rebels, who were on the ground the next minute, got them. When the men in his company got his body the morning after the battle, everything had been taken away except his clothes, and even his boots and stockings were gone. - No one in his company has any property belonging to him, consequently I cannot send you any memento of him from the field. But you have assurances from his officers, and from all of his comrades that he was an excellent soldier, intelligent, patient, faithful and brave, among the foremost in the advance, and the last in retreat, never seeking to avoid duty, always in his place. I have seen him meekly bearing his burden when exhausted by loss of sleep, excessive fatigue and the summer’s heat, marching bravely onward with the column through clouds of dust, and never complaining or faltering, until the work was done.
But his marches are all over, his hard work is done, and his name is inscribed on the roll of heroes."
The funeral services of the above named soldier will occur at the Congregational Church, in Williamstown, on Sunday afternoon Nov. 20th. The friends of the family and his brother soldiers are especially invited to attend.

Source: Vermont Watchman and State Journal, November 18, 1864.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.