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Dodge, Chester Wright

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 23, credited to Morristown, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 7/28/62, m/i 9/1/62, 1SGT, Co. D, 11th VT INF, comn 2LT 7/11/63 (8/3/63), pr 1LT 12/28/63 (1/12/64), pr CPT, 6/4/65 (6/17/65), m/o 6/24/65 as 1LT

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VITALS

Birth: 10/15/1839, Elmore, VT
Death: 03/28/1926

Burial: Rural Cemetery, Rutland, MA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Dana Ringquist
Findagrave Memorial #: 13568072

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, death date
Portrait?: Italo Collection, VHS Collections
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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BURIAL:

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Tombstone

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Rural Cemetery, Rutland, MA

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Portrait

Vermont Officers Reunion Society Collection
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society



Portraits Collections
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Portrait
Portrait

(Italo Collection)

Correspondence

From the 11th Regiment
Camp Bradley, Aug. 23d, 1862.

Mr. Editor: -- Your paper came to camp yesterday, and it put me in mind of the promise that I made you before I left Hyde Park. There has been nothing of much importance happened since we came to camp. We still retain the name of being the bully company in both regiments. We did not have but one man inspected out, and that was on account of old age. There has been but a few cases of sickness in camp, and most of those are dysentery.

The boys feel well and are in a hurry to get to "Dixie," and woe to the men that come in contact with the 11th Vt. Regiment. To-day this company are going to get their guns. Below you will find the names of all our non-commissioned-officers: 1st Sergeant, C. W. Dodge, Morrisville; 2d. D. H. Gilman, Westfield; 3d. H. J. Fisher, Wolcott; 4th, Wm. Hudson, Stowe; 5th, Elhanon W. Prior, Cambridge. 1st Corporal J. S. Whitney, Wolcott, 2d., H. E. Bedell, Westfield; 3d, H. H. Colburn, Wolcott; 4th, O. Tilliston, Wolcott; 5th, Z. W. A. Leach, Johnson; 6th, W. G. Perkins, Johnson; 7th, S. R. Weeks, Stowe; 8th, W. G. Dunham, Morrisville.

Your's is haste,
C. W. Dodge, Co. D.

Shared by Tammy M. Wells

RAMBLES OF A VERMONTER

WINCHESTER, VA. D.C.

MR. EDITOR: --- I have been staying here for several days looking over the old battlefields and adjoining towns. It is a rather pleasant place, but it has nothing, in particular, to recommend herself to a stranger, except being a place where several battles were fought, and by having a Union and Rebel cemetery located here.

The Union Cemetery is on the same ground where the rebels made their last stand in the fight of the 19th of September.,'64. It is just out of town, and faces the Berryville pike. It seems to be a fitting place for the brave fellows to lay, for here they laid down their lives, and from here the enemy was driven. Sleep on noble comrades guard wee your trust, never more can by his treason pollute this sacred soil. There are 4800 soldiers buried here. Every grave has a headboard painted white, with the man's name, company and regiment put on it; if they were not known it is marked unknown. Next spring the Governments intends putting up a stone in place of the boards. Here are 148 Vermonter boys buried, 17 from my old regiment, the 11th. It is enclosed with a stone wall laid in cement, and has a pretty stone house where a family lives and takes care of the cemetery, and entertains visitors.

Adjoining it, on the south, is the rebel cemetery, which is called "Stonewall." There is not as many buried in this, for many were carried to their homes and buried. In the center is a mound, perhaps twenty feet across, with a board monument, on which this is written: --- "815 unknown and unrecorded dead beneath this mound"; a citizen told me there were over 1500.

I have been out today over the field where was fought that terrible battle of the 19th September, and I have not seen a place since I came here, that looks as natural. I wonder more now, more than I did then, how as many came out as there was. There were two sections of Col. Tomkins battery immediately in our front, and the little breastworks they threw up are plainly visible now. The first charge was made through a piece of brushwood, on a side hill, facing the enemy, for about 80 rods, then down through a small ravine. After resting here a few moments we crossed a larger ravine; across the head of this, not more than thirty rods distant were stationed some Alabama troops, whose fire raked us lengthways of our lines. We lost more men in going this ten or fifteen rods, then all the rest of the day, there being over one man in every five killed or wounded. The second charge was made across a level piece of land, east of town.

A person cannot go any great distance without meeting with some sad memories of war. On some ridge, you will see the ruins of an old fort, and another a rifle pit running, perhaps ten miles, and now and then what is left of an old stone or brick house, houses that were once almost palaces are now nothing but bleak and dreary walls. When I see one of those naked walls with their open doors and windows, I can think of nothing but a skeleton's head with its opened mouth and eyeless sockets.

We in the North have suffered in consequence of the late war, but nothing in comparison with the South. It fairly makes one's blood run cold to hear some of these union people tell of their sufferings. Truly the curse of slavery has come upon us, and its sins will be visited upon the third and fourth generations, and it is between these where the real enemy exists.

I talked with many Confederate soldiers and they do not seem to cherish any ill will towards the soldiers that fought against them. I did not talk with a person, but that said they were glad slavery was dead, but some thought the Government ought to pay them in part for their slaves.

The colored people do not make an energetic and thriving citizen as some expected, and I do not think this generation will. They have been kept under for so long and been used of being cared for, that now they have their freedom they do not make the best use of it. They do well until they have earned a few dollars and they will not work anymore until that is spent.

The children are going to school and are said to be making good progress with their studies.

C.W.D.

Lamoille Newsdealer, February 12, 1873
Submitted by Deanna French.

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