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Carey, Josiah M.


Age: 29, credited to Colchester, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/6/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. D, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63

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Birth: abt 1833, Colchester, VT
Death: 01/09/1913

Burial: Village Cemetery, Colchester, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 26746395


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, Death date/location; Widow, 2/10/1913
Portrait?: 13th VT INF, off-site
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: 13th Vt. History off-site


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Village Cemetery, Colchester, VT

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Colchester, Vt., May 17, 1905.

Comrade Sturtevant,
Dear Sir:

Perhaps I am too late with my reply, but if so, little will be lost. I enclose a photo taken a short time after our discharge, also one just taken. I am not a ready writer and age, and poor healthy oblige me to keep moving to make a living. My history is brief. I am the 2nd son of Jesse and Sarah (Greenough) Cary. Both of whom were born in Colchester and always lived here. I was 29 years of age when I enlisted in Company D, 13th Regiment Vermont Volunteers, a widower with one child, a son 18 months of age who died at the age of 27 years. I served in the ranks for a time then was detailed as nurse and served in that capacity the remainder of my term.

The term of our enlistment expired soon after the battle of Gettysburg and when the regiment started for Vermont I was left with the wounded. I had special charge of Comrade Densmore till he reached home, then helped care for Comrade Marrs till his death from fever. My occupation was farming before and since the war. In 1870 I married Miss Lucy M., daughter of James M. and Mary A. Wheelock of Milton. We settled in Brandon, Vt., but at the close of the year removed to Milton where we lived 13 years when we came to Colchester where we still reside. Our family of 3 sons and two daughters were born in Milton. All are living. One son Llewellyn D., served in the Massachusetts 2nd Regiment, Company I, in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. He now lives in Springfield, Mass. One son lives in Connecticut. The others here in Colchester. This is of no interest to any but you can eliminate what is useless or burn the whole. The car picture my wife wished to keep as it is the only one in the family. Hoping this will serve your wants, I remain very respectfully yours,

Josiah M. Cary.

Ralph Orson Sturtevant and Carmi L. Marsh. Pictorial History: Thirteenth Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, (Privately published by the regiment, c1910), photos opposite page 233, letter on pp. 528-529.


Josiah Carey Had Special Aptitude for the Work.

Colchester, Jan., 13. -- The funeral of Josiah Carey was held at his home Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, the Rev. Mr. Davidson of Charlotte officiating. Mr. Carey, who had been a life-long resident of this place, was a veteran of the Civil war, enlisting in 1862 in Co. D, 13th Vt. infantry. Early in the service of the regiment he was detailed as a hospital nurse, in which capacity his comrades remember him best, for many of them came under his care. He seemed to have a natural gift for the work, which made him a valuable aid in the hospital force under Surgeon Nichols. His work among the wounded night and day, during the battle of Gettysburg and for two weeks after was most arduous. He was detained on the field in care of some of the most desperately wounded. Mr. Carey will be remembered by his comrades with a degree of kindly appreciation of his patriotic and self-denying service. He leaves a wife and two daughters.

The Barre Daily Times, January 13, 1913

Courtesy of Deanna French

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