Fletcher, George Wendel
Age: 28, credited to Lowell, VT
Unit(s): 3rd VT INF
Service: enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, kia, Savage's Station, 6/29/62
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Birth: abt 1833, Pomfret, VT
Burial: Seven Pines National Cemetery, Sandston, VA
Marker/Plot: Unmarked Grave
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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George W. Fletcher
George Wendel Fletcher was born in Vermont in 1833. George's wife, Harriet Clary, was born in Dublin, Ireland, March 26, 1836 and immigrated from Ireland to work as a domestic for the Willard Walker family in Jay, VT. Willard Walker (1798-18__ ) was the father of Melvenda (Walker) Perkins and the grandfather of Melvenda's daughter, Hattie Ann (Perkins) Fletcher, who married George's son, Frederick Eugene Fletcher, on November 28, 1882 in Albany, VT. In the middle 1800's George W. Fletcher became friends with Harrit Clary and on June 24, 1858 she gave birth to Frederick Eugene Fletcher. After family consultations with his father Erastus Fletcher and his family, George W. Fletcher married Harriet Clary on November 7, 1858. Two years later Harriet Clary Fletcher was again working as a domestic, but now for the Atwell family in the nearby Eden, VT, and her husband George W. Fletcher was working as a farmhand for the James Truland family in Lowell, VT. George and Harriet's second child, Martha Marriah Fletcher, was born on March 12, 1861 in Lowell, VT.
Because of George's Yankee background and his support for the Union he believed it was his patriotic duty to serve his country. So on July 16, 1861 he enlisted with Company F, 3rd Regiment, Vermont Volunteers (Infantry). Unfortunately in the following year as part of the rear guard protecting his unit he was killed in action (mustered out) on June 29, 1862 at Savage Station, VA (south east of Richmond, VA). As documented by Robt. E.L. Krick, Historian, at the Richmond National Battlefield Park George was buried in a mass grave at the Seven Pines National Cemetery (the cemetery is about 2 miles west of Savage Station). George's name is one of those listed by the National Park as KIA in the battle of Savage Station.
After the death of George W. Fletcher in 1862 a claim was filed with the War Department by Harriet Clary Fletcher for support of her two children, Frederick Eugene Fletcher and Martha Marriah Fletcher. The War Department did not approve a pension for Fredrick Eugene Fletcher because he was born five months before the marriage of his father, George W. Fletcher and his mother Harriet Clary Fletcher. However the pension was approved for Frederick's sister Martha. George's father was Erastus Fletcher (01-26-1806 to 07-09-1888) of Lowell, VT and his grand father was Zacharih Fletcher (1771 to 1840).
NOTE: The above information agrees with U.S. Census, military and marriage records, as well as, family documents and conversations with my grandmother, Hattie (Perkins) Fletcher (February 5, 1865 - January 11, 1956).
Submitted September 27, 2011 by Dr. Ronald D. Fletcher, great grandson of George W. Fletcher. Contact: R.D. Fletcher at FletchUConn@yahoo.com