Field, Joel D.
Age: 34, credited to Johnson, VTVITALS
Birth: abt 1827, Bakersfield, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
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Joel D. Field
Lamoille Newsdealer: January 15, 1863
JOEL D. FIELD
Died in hospital, Algiers, La. Oct. 29, 1862, private Joel Davis Field, Co. E., 7th Vt. Vols., a resident of Johnson, Vt., age 35 years.
By this bereavement an affectionate companion and two tender children, are deprived of a kind husband, and doating father, and parents, brothers and sisters mourn the loss of a kind son and brother.
Leaving the bosom of family and friends, the call of his country, and staking his life and all earthly interests upon the country's altar, he sustained many hardships, during a somewhat perilous voyage to the south, upon the barren, dreary sands of Ship Island, and subsequently, amid the malarious swamps near Vicksburg. The exposure and fatigue incident to the expedition of last June, in cutting a channel for the future course of the Mississippi, proved to have eventually sown the germ of disease and death in his system. He remained, however, at his post of duty, until Saturday following the battle of Baton Rouge, in which he participated, and was one of the number detailed to convey their commander, Col. Roberts, mortally wounded, from the field. He stood firm during this trying hour, and most faithfully performed every command.
The blighting hand of disease, however, soon laid him upon a couch of suffering. He was brought to New Orleans, and subsequently, through the kindness of Col. Thomas and Surgeon Gillet, to to the hospital of the 8th Vt. Vols, at Algiers. Here he for a while seemed to gradually improve, yet continually suffering from extreme neuralgia pains, which it appeared impossible to eradicate. On the 23d of October a most severs relapse set in, which soon brought on a state of delirium. This continued until the night of the 27th, when he sank into a stupor, continuing till just before one o'clock of the morning of the 29th, when his spirit became released from the frail tenement, and on angel pinions, and through the merits of the Saviour in whom he trusted, soured to its Heavenly home.
His body now rests at Cypress Grove, New Orleans. Though interred in a plain soldiers grave, and lying side by side with many companions in arms, far from home and kindred, yet the "voice of the Archangel and the Trump of God" shall reach his tomb, and bursting asunder, the form shall come forth, to enjoy immortal youth and vigor in the New Earth
Farewell, my brother, till that hour. Rest thee, till Jesus bids thee rise. May the bereaved companion trust in the widow's God, and train those orphan's for his service, and we all have an abiding assurance of a part with the redeemed in the resurrection of the just.
Submitted by Deanna French.