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Corey, Charles W.


Age: 25, credited to Bridport, VT
Unit(s): 14th VT INF, 17th VT INF
Service: enl 8/29/62, m/i 10/21/62, 1SGT, Co. D, 14th VT INF, comn 1LT, 4/20/63 (8/23/63), m/o 7/30/63; comn CPT, Co. H, 17th VT INF, 5/19/64 (5/23/64), Bvt MAJ, 4/2/65 for gallantry in the assault on Petersburg VA, m/o 7/14/65

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Birth: abt 1837, Bridport, VT
Death: 04/30/1868

Burial: Old North Cemetery, Hartford, CT
Marker/Plot: K-106
Gravestone researcher/photographer:
Findagrave Memorial #: 147218532


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Charles Collection, VHS Collections
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: No marker has been found in Section K for this soldier. The plots are not in order. It is possible that there is no marker, or perhaps the marker is buried or illegible. The Hale transcription confirms burial in plot K-106.


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Old North Cemetery, Hartford, CT

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Vermont Officers Reunion Society Collection
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society

(Charles Collection)


Death of Major Charles W. Corey.

Died in Washington, D.C., Friday, April 3d, of congestion of the lungs, Major Charles W. Corey, aged 31 years.

MajorCorey was born in Bridport and in early boyhood he remained with his father on the farm. Being inclined to books he was sent to Barre Academy where he prepared for college. From that time until the breaking out of the war he was for the most part engaged in teaching, a profession for which he proved himself eminently qualified. In August 1862 he enlisted in the 14th Vermont Regiment and was made Orderly Sergeant of Company "D." In April 1863 he was promoted to be 1st Lieutenant of the same company, a position which he held with honor until mustered out on the expiration of his term of service, July 30, 1863. Immediately on his return home he accepted a commission as recruiting officer from Governor Holbrook, and raised a company for the 17th Reg't of which he was commissioned Captain.

This company ("H") joined the regiment at Cold Harbor in time to engage in the last of a series of conflicts with the enemy at that place. From that time until the muster out of the regiment he was identified with it though not all of the time present. He was on detached service during the summer of 1864, serving as one of the board of Inspectors of Hospitals for the State of Maryland four or five months, and after that as a member of a Court Martial in the field. In November he returned to the regiment for duty and served the remainder of the time with it, participating in the siege of Petersburgh and the fierce assault of the 2d of April 1865 when Petersburgh was taken.

During the last engagement the officer in command of the regiment was stunned and temporarily rendered hors du combat by a piece of shell, and Capt. Corey was left in command for an hour or two, during which time he made a brilliant charge which won for him the recognition of a commission as Major by brevet. After the surrender of Lee, the regimant was mustered out of the United States Service and the Major returned to his home in Bridport. Three months later he received an appointment to a clerkship in one of the Departments at Washington where he remained until his death. His remains were brought to Hartford, Connecticut for interment.

As an officer Major Corey was faithful, brave, thorough and competent; as a man he was strong in his convictions, independent in character, earnest in purpose and persevering in effort; as a friend he was faithful and warm hearted to the few intimates whom he admitted to his confidence and friendship, though the number was always limited; as a citizen he was upright in all his dealings, true to every conviction and faithful in every relation. His comrades in arms will mourn his loss most deeply and regret the dispensation which removes him from the prospective usefulness in the world, for which his fine abilities qualified him.

We tender to the bereaved family our most hearty sympathy.

Middlebury Register (Middlebury, Vermont), April 14, 1868

Submitted by Heidi McColgan

Hale Transcription
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