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Corey, Melvin Barnes


Age: 32, credited to Grand Isle, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/11/62, m/i 10/10/62, CPL, Co. K, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63

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Birth: 04/12/1830, New York
Death: 06/16/1901

Burial: Grand Isle Cemetery, Grand Isle, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 15949535


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/5/1886
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: 13th Vt. History off-site


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Grand Isle Cemetery, Grand Isle, VT

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CORPORAL MELVIN B. COREY was from Grand Isle, in the county of Grand Isle. He was the only drafted man that served in Company K, and so far as I know, in the Thirteenth Vermont Regiment. At the time of his enrollment and his assignment to Company K, he was 32 years old, and a married man. Born in the state of New York and there was educated, but as a young man moved to Grand Isle County and counted on the town of Grand' Isle. On the organization of Company K was made seventh corporal, and held the position during our term of service. He was on detached duty in the Provost Marshal's department a considerable of the time, but returned to the regiment the first of June and remained with it through the Gettysburg campaign and battle, and was mustered out July 21st, 1863. Was born in the state of New York in 1830, and by occupation a farmer; was a man of more than ordinary ability and of good character. Was in every respect a good and faithful soldier. He said to the writer that he could have had a substitute, and his wife and her people were anxious to have him procure a substitute, and offered to furnish the money, but he would not consent. He said he was drafted and the Government needed men and a drafted man could do as good service as any. He said to me after Pickett's charge at Gettysburg, "What think you now about a drafted soldier?" I replied, "In your case there is no difference." He was a man of a few words, made the best of the situation and cheerfully submitted to the work at hand. No brag or bluster in his make-up, and evidently believed that deeds and faithfulness spoke far better the worth and value of the soldier. He was drafted in August, and assigned to duty in Company K September 11th, 1862, and therefore, the time for which he was drafted, nine months, had expired before the battle of Gettysburg, and yet he said on the march to Gettysburg that he "would not now leave if given permission, for I am convinced we shall all be needed before this campaign is over." He seemed anxious to satisfy the boys that his devotion and sense of duty was as loyal, keen and abiding as any, though a drafted man.

There is no doubt but what Corporal Corey felt just a little mortified, because the only drafted man in his company, but he should not have had such a feeling, for he could not be charged with being a hired substitute or in any manner influenced by offers of bounty. He returned home to Grand Isle, resumed the occupation of farming where he lived for many years, and was honored by his townsmen until his death June 14th, 1901. Corporal Corey's son, W. E. Corey, of Los Angeles, Cal., writes me that his father was one of those "dauntless pioneers that crossed the plains to California in the great gold excitement of 1849 and remained five years." He was among the first over the Rockies to the golden state.

His wife, Caroline Corbett Corey, died March 24th, 1901, and both are buried In the country cemetery at Grand Isle, Vt., where they lived and died. He left four children, one son and three daughters, William E. Corey, in Los Angeles, California; Leona Corey Parks. Grand Isle, Vt.; Flora Corey Stanton, Lake Placid, N. Y.; and Marion Corey, Burlington, Vt.

Source: Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, p. 710



M.B. Corey, one of the oldest inhabitants, passed away after a long illness the night of June 14. The deceased leaves three daughters and one son. Mr. Corey served as a soldier in the Civil war.

Source: St. Albans Daily Messenger, June 20, 1901
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.