Dodge, Lorenzo Arthur
Age: 17, credited to Ludlow, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF
Service: enl 9/9/61, m/i 10/18/61, Pvt, Co. I, 2nd VT INF, reen 12/21/63, wdd, 6/20/64, pr CPL 10/18/64, m/o 8/10/65
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Birth: abt 1844, Mount Holly, VT
Burial: Hope Cemetery, Worcester, MA
Marker/Plot: Section 76 Lot 11
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/12/1890, NH; widow Lizzie T., 3/16/1912, NH
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: OH
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BOYS OF VERMONT
By Lorenzo A. Dodge, Co. I 2d Vt. Regt.I sing of the boys of Vermont -- the fa- mous old brigade, The heroes of a hundred fights and many a stirring raid. Quickly they sprang to battle in the shock of sixty-one, And never once they faltered till victory was won. It was at Bull Run's battle where they first did meet the foe. And once more at Lee's Mills they laid the Southron low. At Golding's Farm and Savage Station on the banks of the James, In the blood that courses heroe's veins they wrote their honored names. On the red field of Antietam were deeds of valor done, And at St. Marye's heights again they made the foeman run, And in the Wilderness they charged and took the hostile guns, 'Twas there Vermont lost many of her most heroic sons. Again at Spotsylvanka they fought the desperate foe; At Cold Harbor and at Petersburg they kept them on the go. In the Shenandoah Valley, with Vermon- ters in the van, The old Sixth Corps like heroes fought with gallant Sheridan. Cheers for the boys of Vermont their work was noble done, With Grant at Appomatox, where the foemen were out run. From Bull Run to Sailor's Creek their banners we descry, Where on every battlefield the noble he- roes lie. Tears for the boys of Vermont, who lie in Southern land, Whether in old Virginia, or the hills of Maryland, Where the path of war lies beaten 'neath the fury of his wrath, Where the spectres of the prison keep the national's aftermath. Cheers, cheers again. old comrades, brave sons of Vermont, God bless you for the deeds you've dont! God keep you free from want! And cheers, brave hearts of Vermont -- aye.. three times three today, For that old flag for which your fought -- our nation's flag for aye.
The above poem was sent us by Mr. Peter S. Chase of Brattleboro, who was a member of the same company in which Dodge, its author, served. Mr. Chase says that Dodge "will be remembered by many in the old Second Vermont regiment, where he served in all the toilsome duties of the regiment from September 1861 to July 1865. On a march he was always with his company. His knapsack would have made a very creditable pack for an army mule; but, to cheer a weary comrade on, he would carry his gun for miles. In battle he was brace, calm, and in the front rank. He went through the battles of the Wilderness, was in Col. Upton's charge at Spottsylvania, fought at the "bloody angle" May 12, and was one of the five men to answer to roll call that night out of a company that numbered sixty men seven days before. If his valorous deeds, so well and faithfully performed, had been counted to him as they were to many others, less meritorious, he would have ranked as a colonel instead of a corporal."
Source: The Londonderry Sifter, 3 Jan. 1889
Contributed by Linda Welch.
L. ARTHUR DODGE IS DEAD.
Once Lived In Manchester and Boasted of Many Achievements.
Worcester, Mass., Feb. 21. -- "Col." Lorenzo Arthur Dodge, who claimed to be a newspaper war correspondent, Civil war veteran and soldier of fortune, died at his home in this city yesterday at the age of 67 years. He was born at sea and for a time lived with his parents in Vermont, but ran away and became a newsboy in New York. He used to tell that at the outbreak of the Cuban war, in 1868, he went to Cuba as correspondent of the New York Herald. Later he was arrested and imprisoned in Morro castle. He also claimed he was correspondent for the New York Herald in the Franco-Prussian war and boasted that he sent his paper the news of the French surrender at Sedan nearly two hours ahead of his rivals. He claimed that he was on the staff of the Boston Globe during the great Boston fire in 1872. He also insisted that he had travelled around the world.
Source: Barre Daily Times, Feb. 21, 1912
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.