Vermont Flag Site Logo

Darling, Joseph Kimball

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 29, credited to Corinth, VT
Unit(s): 12th VT INF
Service: enl 8/16/62, m/i 10/4/62, Pvt, Co. H, 12th VT INF, m/o 7/14/63, Brattleboro

See Legend for expansion of abbreviations

VITALS

Birth: 03/08/1833, Corinth, VT
Death: 10/25/1910

Burial: Old Cemetery, Corinth, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 74786939

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
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: See Benedict's Army Life in Virginia

DESCENDANTS

(Are you a descendant, but not listed? Register today)

BURIAL:

Copyright notice

Tombstone

Tombstone

Old East Corinth Cemetery, Corinth, VT

Check the cemetery for location/directions and other veterans who may be buried there.


Virtual Museum

Civil War Covers

Union Occupation Cover
Alexandria, Va./Gettysburg Campaign

postal cover

In June 1863, the US capitol was in an uproar. The Union Army of the Potomac had suffered another humiliating defeat at the hands of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia (ANVa) at Chancellorsville the month before. No one knew what Lee would do next. One of the many regiments that guarded Washington, DC, from attack was the 12th Vermont, a nine month regiment.

One of the Vermonters who wrote home in June was Corporal Joseph K. Darling of Corinth, a tiny village in Vermont. Darling thought his enlistment term had almost expired, but then the ANVa invaded Pennsylvania in late June 1863. The defenses of Washington were stripped to help stop the Confederates. The 12th Vermont was assigned to the Reynolds' 1st Army Corps, even though their enlistment had almost run out. The 1st Corps was battered badly on the first day of the three day battle (July 1, 1863), but Reynolds' men successfully held back the surging Confederates until reinforcements could come. In that fierce firefight, Major Gen. Reynolds was killed by a stray bullet. The 12th Vermont was assigned the task of guarding the supply train, in the rear of the 1st Corps. Thus, Corporal Darling apparently never came under direct enemy fire and so escaped unharmed from that bloody battle.

SERVICE RECORDS

Joseph K. Darling resided in Corinth, Vermont, prior to the war. He enlisted on August 16, 1862, as a private in the 12th Vermont Infantry. He was mustered into Company H two months later on October 4, 1862. One month later to the day he was promoted to Corporal. He was mustered out with his regiment unharmed on July 14, 1863, ten days beyond his term of enlistment. (From Revised Roster of Vermont Volunteers and Lists of Vermonters Who Served in the Army and Navy of the United States During the War of the Rebellion, 1861- 1865. Montpelier, Vt: Press of the Watchman, 1892, vii ---courtesy Erie County Library System in Erie, PA)

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Type: Union occupation cover (Alexandria, Va)/ Gettysburg campaign

Cancel: Socked-on-the-nose Alexandria, VA; June 6, 1863 handstamp

Condition: buff cover: VF; stamp (Scot #65): VF

Address:

Mrs. J. K. Darling
East Corinth, (Corinth County), Vermont

Procured: 1996 VPHS auction


Cover, background and technical details courtesy of Jim Bennetch.

Return to Main Article

Biography

Darling, Joseph Kimball, of Chelsea, son of Jesse and Rebecca (Whitaker) Darling, was born March 8, 1833, at Corinth.

He received his educational training at Corinth Academy and at the hands of a private tutor. Being desirous to see something of the world beyond the boundaries of his native state, in 1853 Mr. Darling went to California, where he was employed in surveying and mining till 1861. Returning to Corinth he purchased a farm, upon which he labored for two years. Feeling that it was his duty to give his services to his country in the civil war, he enlisted, August 16, 1862, as a private in Co. H, 12th Vt. Regt., and was mustered out at Brattleboro, July 14, 1863.

He then for some years pursued a mercantile life and was also the postmaster at East Corinth from 1864 to 1871. At this time he formed a resolution, somewhat late, perhaps, to study law and commenced reading with Hon. Roswell Farnham. Having been admitted to the bar in 1874 he practiced at East Corinth for ten years, when he removed to the town of Chelsea, where he now resides.

Mr. Darling has affiliated with the Republican party; was for several years the chairman of the Orange county Republican committee; was chosen state's attorney in 1882 and is now the deputy clerk of the Orange county courts. He was elected from Chelsea to represent the town in 1890-'94 and while a member of the Legislature served upon the temperance, judiciary and election committees, of which last body he was the chairman. During his latter term of office he was member of the judiciary, ways and means committees and chairman of the committee on military affairs.

He is attached to Ransom Post, No. 74, GAR, a member of the Congregational church at Chelsea and has been for twenty years superintendent and teacher of a Sabbath school.

He was married Oct. 6, 1859, at Corinth to Mary Alice, daughter of Deacon Joseph and Mary (Robie) Knight. She died October, 1873, leaving four children: Charles K., Emma L., Hale Knight, and Eben, the last dying in infancy. Mr. Darling's second marriage was in Chelsea to Emma, daughter of Rev. Harvey and Laura Webster. She died April 5, 1885.


Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, pp. 94.

Previous Page