Hubbard, George W.
Age: 18, credited to Bridgewater, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 12/1/63, m/i 12/16/63, Pvt, Co. G, 11th VT INF, pr CPL 7/15/65, tr to Co. D, 6/24/65, m/o 8/25/65
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Birth: 06/06/1846, Woodstock, VT
Burial: Plymouth Notch Cemetery, Plymouth, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 43217771
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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George W. Hubbard
LAMOILLE NEWSDEALER: AUGUST 6,1863
The following is an extract from a letter of a soldier in the 2d regiment, to his wife in Cambridge.
BERLIN, MD. JULY 18, 1863
Dear Wife:----We have been on the march or in a fight ever since the 5th of June, and some of the time stopping only to eat, and during that time we had no regular mail. We are about crossing the Potomac again. Lee has got his army across, and I guess he wont want to come back for sometime. He has got an awful cutting up. We might have taken one brigade more prisoners if our generals had thought it proper to have pitched in once more before Lee had crossed the river. We soldiers supposed we had got them "bagged”, but as it proved, the string was not tied.
Our cavalry had a fight on the 17th. At first they drove the cavalry, then our boys got reinforcements and light artillery, and drove the rebels out of Harpers Ferry.
I suppose the 13th has got home. I saw them at Littletown. We gave them three cheers as we parted. They done well at Gettysburg, and have gone home with honor to themselves as well as the State, and I am glad of it, because many thought the nine month men could not fight. They have found their mistake.
There must be a great deal wheat spoiled in this country in consequence of the wet weather, letting alone what has been destroyed by both armies, and that is no small quantity. The farmers manure their land with lime and get great crops of wheat and clover.
There were a number of deserters from the army while we were in Pennsylvania. J Glougie has returned to the regiment after being absent 12 days. He was arrested yesterday and will be court-martialed. I hope we shall not have to go North again until the rebellion has gone down forever. I think the Union cause is gaining ground, as they have carried it into the city of New York and we have sent five regiments, one battery, and two companies of cavalry, to stop rebellion there. I hope they will kill off all those copperheads, and this war will soon close.
We never want to see another such a sight as we saw on the battle-field at Gettysburgh. Language is inadequate to describe its horrors.
They used to tell us that the rebels could not be whipped, but it appears they can. The reason they have gained so much advantage heretofore, is in consequence of superior numbers, then they would mass their troops and rush on and break our lines; but that is getting played out with our troops. They have got sick of running, and it is a hard thing to break our lines when the men are determined to stand their ground. The rebels are a dirty, ragged looking set. The greater part of the prisoners that we saw had no shoes, and I guess those who had shoes took them from our dead soldiers, as all the dead I saw on the field at Gettysburg had their shoes taken off and their pockets turned wrong side out.
The horn sounds the fall in call for us to march over Jordan. Perhaps we shall get our mail more regular now the rebels have left the free states. It is my opinion the rebels wont dictate the terms of peace from the monument on Bunker Hill this season.
JULY 22d-- We have marched two days since we crossed the river. Our Colonel and some others have gone to escort the boys down here who were called under the draft. We are glad to have them come and help close up this war, so we can all come; and if there is honor and glory in it, we are willing they should have their share.
We have to live rather short these days, that is, for pork and beef. We get plenty of hard bread; however we are in Virginia, and we calculate to live as well as we can while we remain in the State, and make up what the rebels took from us in Pennsylvania. While writing I hear a report that rebels are crossing into Maryland again.
Geo. W. Hubbard
Submitted by Deanna French
Vermont Tribune Newspaper, Ludlow, Vermont
George W. Hubbard died at his home in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont, 8 Sept., 1926 (age 80 yrs. 3 mos. 2 days). He suffered from gastritis for many years and combined with a heart attack, he died after three days' illness. He was a farmer. he was born on Long Hill in Woodstock, Vermont, 6 June, 1846, the youngest of 8 children of his parents, Ephraim & Esther (Baird) Hubbard. He moved with his parents to Bridgewater, Vt. when he was 4 years old and was a resident of that town the rest of his life.
He served in the Civil War for 22 months. He was only 18 yrs old when he enlisted 1 Dec., 1863 as a private. He was mustered in 16 Dec., 1863 in Co. "G", 11th Vt. He was promoted to the post of corporal 15 July, 1865. He was badly wounded, was discharged 25 Aug., 1865 from Fort Foote, Maryland, and came home on crutches.
He was married in Ludlow, 13 June, 1889, to Miss Julia A. Emery of Plymouth, by Baptist Minister Rev. Rivaldo Olds. [she b. ca. 1854, dau. of Charles & Abigial Emery] He had been in poor health over five years. His wife tenderly cared for him. He was the last veteran of the Civil War in Bridgewater Corners, Vt., to survive.
Survived by: widow, daughter Mrs. Jessie Bradish and a grandson, Wilford Bradish of Ludlow. The funeral was held at the Plymouth church, Rev. Hermon Lewis officiating. The casket was draped by the flag. Mr. Cushing, a Grand Army man was present. Bearers were Arthur and Julian Messer, Wendall Miner and James Little.
Contributed by Linda M. Welch.