Downer, George Henry
Age: 18, credited to Lunenburg, VTVITALS
Birth: abt 1843, Lunenburg, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Hampton National Cemetery, VA
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THE HEALTH OF THE VERMONT BRIGADESt. Johnsbury Caledonian, May 2, 1862
Most accounts from the boys before Yorktown agree in recording the state of health among our troops are very good.
Nelson Blodgett of Co. I. 3d regiment died at Newport News two weeks ago. Blodgett went from Waterford, and leaves a wife and two children.
Henry Downer, of the same company, was so low, that at last account wasn't expected to live. Downer went from Lunenburg. We copy a letter we received here the present week:
" We've got tough enough so that we can lie down upon the ground with no covering but our overcoat, and have it rain all night, and then contrive to get a pretty good night's rest: but I tell you what it is, such a life that it makes a fellow grow old pretty fast.
The remains of fortifications built here during the time of the Revolution are quite plain to be seen. There is an old rifle pit just in front of our camp, and farther down toward Yorktown the old forts are to be seen. In digging graves for our men they dug the remains of some old Revolutionary soldiers. The brass buttons were in good state of preservation."
St. Johnsbury Caledonian, May 9, 1862
At Newport News, Va., April 23 of Typhoid Fever, Joseph H. Downer, formerly of Lunenburg, Vt., 19 years of age--He was a member of Co. I, 3rd Vermont Regiment.
Courtesy of Deanna French.