Dyer, Douglass H.
Age: 21, credited to Manchester, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF, 17th VT INF, USV
Service: enl 8/26/61, m/i 9/16/61, CPL, Co. E, 5th VT INF, pr SGT, dis/dsb 8/5/62; enl 10/5/63, m/i 4/12/64, 2SGT, Co. F, 17th VT INF, disch to accept com as CPT and AQM, USV, 8/24/64, m/o 9/16/64
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Birth: 08/26/1842, Pittburgh, PA
Burial: Dellwood Cemetery, Manchester, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
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Dellwood Cemetery, Manchester, VT
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Douglas H. Dyer, son of Dr. and Almira (Douglass) Dyer, was born August 26, 1842 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When a boy of twelve he came to Manchester, where he attended Burr and Burton's Seminary, while a member of the family of his father's brother, David Dyer. On his nineteenth birthday, August 26, 1861, his patriotic fervor led him to enlist in Comapny E. Fifth Vermont Infantry, which was attached to the Sixth Corps. He participated in the battles of Young's Millsril 5; Lee's Mills, April 16, Williamsburg, May 5, all in 1862. , and in August following he was discharged for disability. Having recovered in April. 1864 he re-enlisted in the Seventeenth Regiment, of Vermont Infantry, and, with the rank of Sergeant took part in the battles of Cold Harbor and the Wilderness. On September 16, 1864 he was commissioned Captain and quartermaster, and was assigned to duty in New York City, to take chatge of the transportation of the Department of the East. He was mustered out of service January 8, 1866.
On leaving the army, Captain Dyer returned to Manchester, Vermont, where he followed farming until 1901, when he bought an elegant redidence on upper Main Street, retaining the ownership of a one hundred and fifty acre farm, which was bought by his grandfather more than century ago. A man of broad intelligence and high moral principle, he is held in greay esteem in the community. With his family he attends the Protestant Episcopal Church. he is a Republican in politics, and has served as lister and grand-juryman, by the election of 1902, became justice of the peace. Commendable pride in his own honorable military and in in that of his comrades as moved him to zealous interest in Grand Army affairs He is a member of Spencer Post N. 24 and has served as , and is among the organizers of the Association of Survivors of Company E, Fifth Vermont Regiment. He is secretary of the body and has compiled a voluminous record, containing the names of all were ever members of the regiment together with the story of the forty engagements in which it bore a part. He is also a leading spirit in the annual association reunion, which is one of the most important affairs of the community. he is also a member of Adoniram Lodge, No. 42, F. & A. M.
Captain Dyer was married February 22, 1869 to miss Inez Hill, daughter of Jerome and Laura (Lathrop) Hill. Mr. Hill was a farmer and a man of high character; his death occurred in 1868, and his widow is yet living in Sunderland. Mr. and Mrs. Hill were the parents of four children, of whom Mrs Dyer was the oldest; the others were Laura, living in Manchester Julius living in Sunderland, and Harriet, living in South Dakota. Five children were born to Captain and Mrs. Dyer, of whom Harry D. , Lena A. and an infant are deceased. Those living are Heman J. who married Miss Nellie Felt, and Frank Dyer.
Hiram Carleton, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont, The Lewis Publishing Company, New York, 1903), i:414-417.