Gerry, Orlando F.
Age: 26, credited to Morristown, VTVITALS
Birth: 09/13/1835, Albany, NYADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Riverbank Cemetery, Stowe, VT
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Orlando F. Gerry
Lamoille Newsdealer: MARCH 5, 1865
FROM THE 17TH REGIMENT
CAMP 17TH VT. REGT., NEAR PETERSBURGH, VA, March 6, 1865
MR. EDITOR: --- As it is a pleasant day and having a few spare moments, I thought I would devote a short time in writing to the NEWSDEALER, thinking perhaps you had not heard from the 17th regt. for some time.
We are enjoying our usual good health for us. Our camp is not a very good one, for it is located on low ground and the rain which we are having at present makes it very muddy. Our duty is very hard for us now our regiment is so small.
For the past two days the Johnnies have come into our lines “right smart”; they report that the soldiers in their vicinity are disheartened and are running away home; they say if their leading ones don’t fix on some terms of settlement, they are going to take the responsibility upon themselves! They are tired of the war; and, that you know, makes us feel the more ferocious. There’s no picket firing in front at present; the lines being a mile apart.
Our camp is near the railroad; and the sound of the car-whistle and rumbling of the cars is the only thing to disturb our slumber during the lonely hours of the night.
The boys, many of them, are feeling rather sour to think they did not get any pay on account of being “raw recruits”, as they call themselves, while we old veterans drew our bounty.
We are fixing for another fight, and the next you will hear is that the 17th has been to battle, and, as a matter of course, all cut to pieces, for our legs are bent the right way for running, and then our gallant old Col. Randall is with us, and the boys will follow him if he should lead them down into the “bottomless pit!”
We have lookouts as we can see the movements of the enemy. The old Vt. Brigade is near us. We have just been paid and we are feeling well; some are going home on furloughs.
I do not think of any news to write. We are forming a Temperance Society, and have 150 members now. As it is time for me to be stirring, I will close.
O. F. Gerry
Morrisville News and Citizen: MARCH 18, 1915
DEATH OF ORLANDO GERRY
Orlando F. Gerry, a well known citizen of Stowe and a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home on Maple Street at 8 o'clock last Thursday morning. Mr. Gerry has been ill since October, the cause of his death being a general breaking down. He was 70 years of age September 12.
He was born in Albany, N.Y.. He lived in Marshfield and enlisted from Morristown. He served in Company E, 13th Vermont, and re-enlisted in Company C., 17th Vermont in September 1863, and served until he was mustered out in July 1865. He was wounded during his second service.
Since he returned from the war Mr. Gerry has lived in Stowe. For many years he was a farmer, but for several years had lived in the village. He was twice married. His first wife, who was Miss Harriet Bennett, of Stowe, died in 1897. He is survived by his second wife, who was formerly Mrs. Eleanor Hall Welles of Calais, and by two daughters, Mrs George Kenfield of Cabot and Mrs John R. Wells of Stowe, and six grandchildren.
He was a member of H.H. Smith Post, G.A.R., of Mystic Lodge, F. & A.M., and formerly an Odd Fellows, and a member of Mansfield Mountain Grange.
Submitted by Deanna French.