Fay, Arnold C.
Age: 24, credited to Richmond, VTVITALS
Birth: 03/04/1840, Essex, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Miltonboro Cemetery, Milton, VT
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Arnold C. Fay, son of Nathan Fay, born in Essex, March 4, 1840, attended schools at Underhill and Williston, where his instructor was professor Joseph Cilley. and was at student at St. Lawrence Academy for three terms. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company F., Thirteenth Vermont Volunteers, and was made first Sergeant, October 10 of the same year. He served in defense of Washington, doing picket duty with an occasional visit from Mosby and Stewart. In March 1863 he was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant. June 25th, the brigade under Stannard followed Lee on his northern tour, arriving at Gettysburg at dusk, July 1st, too late to take any part in the 1st day's struggle. On the 2d, the Thirteenth Regiment retook a battery and captured two guns from yjr enemy. The regiment was in the front line all the 3d day, where it aided in repulsing Picket's grand charge. It was mustered out in July, 1863. From that time until October, 1864, Mr. Fay was in the recruiting business. he then enlisted in Company K, Seventeenth Vermont Volunteers, with the rank of first Lieutenant, and joined the regiment which formed part of the Second brigade, Ninth Army Corps, in front of Petersburg. In the charge of April 2, 1865, it was their fortune to find Fort Mahone directly in their path. The right of the regiment made a lodgement on the outside of the fort, remaining there until dark, when they returned to their line. The left was crowded a little past the front of the fort, when, finding it too warm, and they too few in numbers, they fell back to the starting point. At daybreak on the third day they charged again, finding little opposition, and Mr. Fay remembers, as the finest sight of his life, the view from the ridge which overlooked the city of Petersburg, whence could be seen the Union army hastening in immense numbers toward the long coveted goal. Mr. Fay was in command of Company A, during nearly his whole term of service with the Seventeenth, and was commissioned brevet captain for his meritorious conduct in the charge at Fort Mahone. He, discharged in July, 1865, returned home and took up farming.
Mr Fay has served as lister and appraiser several times; filled the office of selectman three years; represented the town in 1890. he has always affiliated with the Republican party.
From 1865 to 1869, Mr. Fay followed the occupation of a farmer in Irasburg. He then bought the farm of two hundred acres on which he now lives, on the shore of Lake Champlain in the north west corner of Milton.
Mr Fay was master of a Grange started several years ago in Milton, is a Mason and Grand Army man , belonging to William Reynolds Post. At present he holds no official position. Mr. Fay is a Universalist, but the nearest church of that denomination being twelve miles distant from his home, he usually attends the Methodist church. Mr. Fays benevolent work is not confined within the limits of any organization. but forms a part of his daily life, being manifest toward all whom he is brought in contact.
Mr Fay married Helen M. Webster, October 10 1866, in St. Albans. She was educated in the public schools of that town. Her parents were Theoron and Ursula Webster. Helen M. Fay died July 11, 1881. Mr Fay remarried May 30, 1883, at Richmond, to Jennie F. Williams, daughter to Kendall and Gerush Williams.
Mr. Fay had no children. He has an adopted daughter, Mary E. Humphrey, whom he brought up from infancy and educated.
Hiram Carleton, Genealogical and Family History of Vermont, (Lewis Pub. Co., New York, 1903), i:166
Courtesy of Deanna French.