Age: 46, credited to Cambridge, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF
Service: enl 5/25/61, m/i 6/20/61, 4SGT, Co. H, 2nd VT INF, d/dis 8/5/62
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Birth: abt 1815, Johnson, VT
Burial: Binghamville Cemetery, Fletcher, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 23518355
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Binghamville Cemetery, Fletcher, VT
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Source: Lamoille Newsdealer: September 5, 1862
Though more eulogistic than historical, we give the following, knowing that it will be read with interest by all who had the good fortune to be acquainted with the subject. He was a twin brother of Eri Ellinwood, of this village.----
Died in New England Soldier's Relief Association in New York, Aug. 5, 1862. Sergeant Eli Ellinwood of Company H., 2d Vt. Regiment, aged 47 years.
Mr. Ellinwood was born in Johnson, Vt. A.D. 1815. In the year n1830, he removed with his family to the town of Fletcher, where he resided until 1859, when he removed to Cambridge. He enlisted as a private in company H, 2d regiment, Vt., Volunteers, May 27, 1861. He was offered the situation of orderly of the company, which he declined, but accepted the position of third Sergeant. At the time of his enlistment, he was one of the selectmen of the town. He possessed a good property, and was past military age. He was anxious to serve his country in the lowest capacity, if he might only be instrumental in preserving the free and beneficent government of his country from the treason of wicked men, and in advancing the glorious cause of human freedom. He counted not his life dear to himself, if he could help forward these things.He was in the battle of Bull Run. After the retreat from that battle, his regiment went into Camp Griffin, Va., beyond Chain Bridge, where he remained during the fall and winter, until he moved with Gen. McClellan's Division of the army to the Peninsula, March, 1862. He was engaged in the siege of Yorktown, in the battle of Williamsburg, Seven Pines, and before Richmond. His life and health were preserved through all of the severe fatigue of the Peninsula campaign. But after the last battle before Richmond, he seemed to be worn out. His strong and vigorous constitution was ruined. He obtained a furlough of twenty days, that he might return home and recruit his strength, but nature gave way before he could reach his home. He died at New York in the rooms of the New England Soldiers Relief Association. In his last hours, he was affectionately attended by the kind and generous persons who furnish the blessings of the home for the sick and weary soldier.
The influence of Sergeant Ellinwood on men was marked and beneficial. He commanded the respect of his fellow soldiers by his affectionate and dignified bearing among them. His cheerfulness and many courage inspired them with sentiments and virtue and self respect. In his official position he infused a sense of honor of obligation, and of patriotic courage, into the men immediately under his eye. His influence was cheerfully acknowledged and happily felt. He was respected by the men as generous sons respect a dearly beloved father. Averse from principles and generous habits to all that self consequence, or haughtiness, which has very generally been ascribed to military men, he won universal respect and confidence. Faithful and prudent in every duty assigned to him, well known for his integrity of purpose, his native courtesy, his devotion, and the welfare of his country, and unstained patriotism, his strong intellect, and warm heart brought him confidence and honors, in large measures. With true refinement of taste and tenderness of feeling, and with a judgment of great firmness, there was yet a beautiful propriety in his actions. The same traits of character, made him an officer and soldier of great value. He was a man of strong impulses, yet he was not narrowed by constantly looking at a few obvious and common facts entirely apart from the principles, neglecting those general truths which must ultimately sway the course of every man who wields influence and power.
He hated oppression and slavery in every form, with all the intensity of his strong and impulsive nature. He loved the freedom of the whole human family, with all the ardor of his large and glowing heart. He abhorred intemperance, profanity and vice. He loved temperance, virtue and religion, with all the warm sympathies of his soul. It was the light of his life to contemplate the blessings of temperance, and honor, and truth, and civil and religious freedom. In the free intercourse of friendship, he manifested the warmest and tenderest sympathies of heart. In the sacred precincts of home, he was considerate and exemplary. A more devoted and affectionate parent, no sons were ever blessed with. The husband, and the father were richly endowed with those qualities that shed around the holy world of home, the pure and sweet light of cheerfulness and love.
He felt a deep and abiding interest in the amelioration of the condition of the enslaved race in this country. For the removal of the blighting curse of slavery from his beloved country, he had earnestly labored and ardently prayed. For this he fought and for this he died. His faith and works blend together, His true testimony, was sealed with his own blood. When he went into the war, he looked hopefully forward to the time when he should sing in full rapture of his soul, the anthem of "Universal Liberty" "Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth, and good will toward men." The cause of temperance, education, Sabbath-School institutions, and religion found in him a firm support and friend. The services of God's house were his delight. He sang the praises of God, with enraptured heart. He was entering into the presence of God whom he adored, whilst he sang. Reverence and rapture were breathing in the tones of his voice.
We had hoped to rejoice in his presence, and in his conversation for many years, after his return from this unhallowed war. But God saw it fit to order it otherwise. A derangement of the digestive system, under which he had suffered for the last few months, became more severe, after the late battle before Richmond. His whole constitution seemed to be greatly enfeebled, yet he did not apprehend danger to himself. He obtained a furlough to return home, the voyage from James River, instead of alleviating, seemed to exasperate his disorder, and left him among strange friends, at New York, so greatly exhausted that he was compelled to abandon the thought, of immediately coming home.The friends of the Soldiers Relief Association, to whose home he was most kindly and tenderly welcomed, seemed to fear for more as to the issue of his disorder than to himself did. Anticipations however, of possible danger began to cross his own mind. He sent for his family, but they did not arrive until after his death. When his last hour had come, he was still sensible, his mind was calm and peaceful, in the prospect of the change before him. He very tenderly remembered his family, and looked toward the "house, not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens" Among those that stood tenderly watching by his death bed, was the lovely and affectionate matron of the Home. He requested her to pit her hands under his dying head, and the looking upward, his eyes were fixed heavenward. And in this posture his life went out so pleasantly that it was difficult to fix the time of his departure. His body was enfeebled to the utmost. But there was rest in death.
He received from the unwearied kindness of the generous volunteer friends of the home, when he died, the most devoted attentions. He enjoyed the visits and conversations of good men, and noble women, yet with all these alleviations, and there were many and merciful, it seemed a melancholy comment on the uncertainty of all human calculations, that he who had labored and fought for his country, by the space of one year, and had obtained a furlough of twenty days to visit his beloved home, remained mid way, to die, away from his home, and his nearest kindred. It seems mysterious that one so useful and needful to the interests of his country at this time, and so necessary to his family and brethren in arms, should be removed so unexpectedly, yet we know that it was ordered in infinite kindness and unerring wisdom. The example of such a patriotic citizen and man is to inestimable value in this day of corrupt ambition, political venality and national peril. His actions were directed to preserve the integrity of his country, and civil and religious liberty, in the world. You know his platform. He did not wait to form his policy from the opinions of the multitude. In the calm light of conscience and truth, he learned his duty, and in clear light of the sun, he endeavored to do it.
Submitted by Deanna French.