Age: 43, credited to Stowe, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF, VRC
Service: enl 10/11/61, m/i 2/18/62, PVT, Co. A, 8th VT INF, reen 1/5/64, tr to VRC 11/2 6/64, m/o 7/17/65
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Birth: 1816, Sherburne, VT
Burial: Village Cemetery, Hyde Park, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 44580729
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 10/14/1865
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Village Cemetery, Hyde Park, VT
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LAMOILLE NEWSDEALER: JUNE 2, 1863FROM THE 8TH REGIMENT Mrs. Hall, of this village has handed us the following, and we publish it, presuming it will be interesting to all who have friends in the 8th.
DEAR WIFE: --- I have got another opportunity of sending a few lines to you, which I will improve the best I can. My health continues good. We left Alexandria, May 18th, we marched only half the day and reached our present place. I have built a little shanty, which looks very much like school children's play houses.
Do you remember our book about Solomon Northrop. I am now very near where he used to live, many negroes on this plantation knew him; he used to fiddle here. After this he lived in Epps. On our way back from Alexandria, I crossed Fords plantation, where Northrop lived before Epps bought him. It is a very pretty place, but I did not know that it was the place, until after I had passed it. If you remember about it, the books speaks of old Aunt Phoebe and Patsy, who were whipped, and Bob; they were all on Epps Plantation. When we came here it was said that Aunt Phoebe was there, but the rest have all gone with some soldiers that passed their house. I hope that it will so happen that I can see some of them before I leave this section of the country.
Near Port Hudson, May 29th, 1863 ---
As I have not yet had an opportunity to send this, I will write a little more this morning. We got a mail this morning. We left the place where we were, when the first part of this was written, and came to Simmsport, and took boats for Bayou Sara, a place on Mississippi River, some ten miles from Port Hudson. We then marched to this place. Wednesday we advanced to the attack. We had to march through the woods in which the rebels had got breastworks, and there were plenty of them behind them too. They opened fire upon us, and I tell you that the bullets came thick for a while. Joseph Kimball of Cadys Falls, was killed, and ten wounded in our company. We are now behind a hill or bank within 40 rods of the rebels, and while I write, the bullets are flying over our heads. We have had some tall marching to do, some days we marched 25 to 32 miles. We have not had much fighting to do until now. We have enough to eat, so that we get along, although some say they have been a little short.
I do not know how long it will take us to take this place, but we are going to have it sometime.
Submitted By: Deanna French.
8th Vermont Infantry Regimental History