Dodge, Albert Francis
Age: 23, credited to Barre, VTVITALS
Birth: 09/23/1838, Barre, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Elmwood Cemetery, Barre, VT
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Albert Francis Dodge was born in Barre, Vermont, on 23 September 1838, the son of Oramel and Lucy Dodge. Oramel was a blacksmith. By 1850, the Dodge's were still living in Barre, and Albert, age 11, had a younger sister, Lucy, age 6.
At age 23, he enlisted, credited to Barre, on 28 July 1862, and mustered in 1 September as Corporal in Co. B, 10th Vermont Volunteer Infantry. He was promoted to Sergeant on 17 February 1863, and a year later, on 21 March 1864, was discharged from the regiment to accept a commission as Captain, Company F, 39th U.S. Colored Infantry.
Dodge's new regiment was mustered into service in Baltimore, Maryland at the end of March. It was initially attached to the 9th Corps, Army of the Potomac, and subsequently served with the 25th and Terry's Provisional, and again the 10th Corps, through the end of the war. From August to December 1865, it served in the Department of North Carolina.
The 39th served in the campaign from the Rapidan to the James River in May and June 1864, guarding the supply trains of the Army of the Potomac during the early part of the Overland Campaign. It participated in the siege of Petersburg and Richmond until early December. From 7 December 1864 to 15 January 1865, it participated in two expeditions to Fort Fisher, culminating in the capture of the fort on 15 January. It participated in battles at Sugar Loaf Hill on 19 January, Federal Point on 11 February, Fort Anderson from 18 to 20 February, and the capture of Wilmington on 22 February. From 1 March to 26 April, it participated in the Campaign of the Carolinas, culminating in the occupation of Raleigh on 14 April. It saw its final action at Bennett's House on 26 April. The regiment was present at the surrender of Johnston's army and was on duty at various points in the Department of North Carolina until early December when it was disbanded. Dodge was brevetted Major, U.S. Volunteers, on 15 November 1865, for meritorious service, and was discharged from the service on 4 December 1865, in Wilmington, NC.
After the war, Albert returned to Barre. In 1870, Albert, Laura, and sons Frank and Oramel, were living in Barre. Albert was a house joiner. In 1880, Albert and Laura were living in Barre with Frank and Oramel, and Albert is listed as a carpenter. In 1890, living in Barre, at 21 Silver, his occupation was listed as a carpenter. He applied for a veterans pension in February 1893, and in 1896, he was Officer of the Day in the R. B. Crandall Post #56, GAR, in Barre. That same year, he lived on 129 Silver, at the intersection with Brook, where he resided until at least 1900. By 1910, Albert and Laura were living by themselves, and he was engaged in building houses. Dodge died 21 November 1914 and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Barre. Laura applied for widow's benefits from the government in December 1914.
The top photograph on the left shows Albert as a corporal, while a member of Company B, 10th Vermont Infantry, in November 1862. The bottom photograph shows him as a captain, while in command of Company F, 39th U.S. Colored Infantry, in March 1864.
The Vermont Historical Society has his papers, which include correspondence with his wife while in the service, from 1862 to 1865, and some pension papers, in 1893.
Sources: Revised Roster, various U.S. Censuses; 1896, 1900 City Directories; 39th USCI history from the National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System; photographs contributed by John Dodge, Albert's 2nd-great-grandson, from Schenectady, NY.