Felt, Francis Edward
Age: 33, credited to Swanton, VTVITALS
Birth: 05/23/1829, Robbinston, MEADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Last known living in Panamint City, CA in 1875
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FRANK E. FELT was of the Swanton contingent and volunteered about August 25th, 1862. His age was 33 years and a married man and born in the state of Maine in 1829. His occupation was a blacksmith and was quite a muscular, wiry, active, healthy looking young man, having the general appearance of first class material for a soldier. As I became acquainted with him I concluded that church and Sabbath school instruction (if he had ever had it) did not leave sufficient impression as to control his conduct when exposed to the temptations of soldier life. He was a good soldier and generally on hand to do his duty. Nothing seemed to appeal to his ambition like visitations to the nearby farmhouses, and to the cities of Washington and Alexandria to see the sights. Hi Smith, Charlie Barr, Hardy Ladue, George Mott, and such were his boon companions and never allowed moral ethics to stand in the way of their military code or rule of action. It was considered quite preferable to be detailed and assigned to special duty, for this duty there was no marching and less exposure, more freedom, less arduous duties, always plenty of rations and a better chance to beg or appropriate, or as the boys called it, make out a government requisition and draw it yourself.
Comrade Felt being a blacksmith, was detailed in December and sent on duty to headquarters, Fairfax Court House, and there remained until the following May, at which time he was returned to his comrades. While I am not sure, it is my recollection that Felt was one of the number gobbled up by Mosby March 9th, but escaped If he was taken I am confident that lie escaped, for he like Charlie Barr, had no controlling desire to be a prisoner on Bell Isle, or in Libby, Richmond, Va., or any place south of Mason and Dixon's line. I do not recall him on the march to Gettysburg, and yet he may have been there. He was mustered out with the regiment July 21st, 1863, and returned to Swanton. Later and after the war went West, since which time none of us in Swanton have heard of or from him. He is supposed to be dead.
"Biographical and Historical of Company K," Ralph O. Sturtevant, compiler, Pictorial History: Thirteenth Regiment Vermont Volunteers War of 1861-1865, c1910, published by the regiment, p. 723.