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Isham, Charles H.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 22, credited to Derby, VT
Unit(s): 9th VT INF
Service: enl 6/21/62, m/i 7/9/62, Pvt, Co. E, 9th VT INF, d/dis 10/11/63

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VITALS

Birth: 1840, Hyde Park, VT
Death: 10/11/1863

Burial: Center Cemetery, Hyde Park, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
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: If this soldier enlisted before 9/1/62, and was with the regiment on 9/13/62, he would have briefly been taken prisoner along with the entire regiment at Harper's Ferry. Read the blue section of the unit's Organization and Service for details.


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Hyde Park Center Cemetery, Hyde Park, VT

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Charles H. Isham

Fortress Monroe Deaths

Lamoille Newsdealer, Oct. 28, 1863

Among the deaths in Hospital at Fortress Monroe, we find the names: Silas Nichols, C.H. Isham, Curtis Spencer, E.H. Hubbard, and Porter Niles, son of Salmon Niles of Morristown, of the 9th Vt.

Submitted by: Deanna French.

Correspondence

Lamoille Newsdealer: Nov. 25, 1863

THE DEATH OF CHARLES H. ISHAM

Below we give extracts from a letter by the Chaplain in charge of this hospital where young Isham died. The letter is dated, Chesapeake General Hospital, near Fort Monroe, Oct. 26th, and was written to his mother. The deceased was a member of Co. H, 9th Vt., and died on the 11th of Oct. last. He was in the hospital but a short time. The letter says:

" He had every care and comfort possible. His surgeon was Dr. Bayles of N.Y., and his nurses were careful and attentive. His disease was diarrhea, chills, and fever, and the effects of that malarial poison of the country where he was encamped. He was no doubt kept too long at Yorktown before he was sent away.

Our wards were warm and comfortable, and nurses night and day to administer to his wants. I talked to him upon his spiritual intrests in Christ- pointed him to the lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world, and every Tuesday night and Sunday we had religious services in the ward where he was, and he was furnished with religious reading when he was able to read, but his disease took a fatal turn and he suddenly died. But I trust the means of grace brought to bear upon his heart and mind in prayer and singing, and talking and reading were blessed of God to lead him before he died to put his trust and confidence in the merits of our blessed Redeemer. I was not present when he died, therefore I did not get his last thoughts and wishes. I inquired of the nurse, but he died easy without speaking at all. He loved his mother. How they talk of a mothers love and kindness, and a mothers prayers on their behalf. Never despair of praying for a child from home. God hears those prayers.

He was buried Oct. 12th, 1863 in the hospital cemetery (Chesapeake) with military honors and religious services. A military escort preceded the corpse borne by eight soldiers. I walked between the escort and the body. Everything was conducted in the most proper and solemn manner. I read from the 15th chapter of 1 Cor., and talked and prayed, after which his body was lowered in the grave and over it the soldiers discharged their farewell shots. His coffin has his name on the top so that if the head-board should be removed ever, when the grave is opened there will be no difficulty in identifying the body. The cemetery is fenced around, and every grave is marked. The remains can be removed anytime in cold weather.

I deeply sympathize with you in the death of your son. He died in a noble cause; you should be proud of the sacrifice for your country. He honored the name and honored you in helping to sustain the great empire of civil liberty. He fell by the way-side of life- his mission completed. God called him away. I trust to a higher sphere of usefulness. Our Heavenly Father does all things well. may this death-----so common to so many homes----- be sanctified to spiritual good. Life's hardest lesson is submission to God's will. When you can pray, Not my will O God,but thine be done, then you too, will be ready to go home.

You have one less attraction upon the earth- I trust one more in heaven. May God bless and sustain you and give you grace to be lead by his divine hand in the way of eternal life.

Submitted by Deanna French.