Youtt, Charles E.
Age: 18, credited to Cornwall, VTVITALS
Birth: 11/28/1842, VermontADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
West Cemetery, Middlebury, VT
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Charles E. Youtt was born 28 November 1842, son of Peter and Caroline (Potter) Young, either in Milton or Cornwall, VT. He was living Cornwall in 1860 and credited to that town when he enlisted 2 May 1861. He mustered in as a private, Co. I, 1st Vermont Infantry, on 9 May 1861, and mustered out with the regiment 15 Aug 1861. He enlisted again 19 August and mustered in as a private, Co. F, 5th Vermont Infantry on 16 September 1861. He was promoted to Corporal but discharged for disability on 17 January 1863. He enlisted again 22 December 1863, and mustered in as private, Co. K, 1st Vermont Cavalry, on 30 December.
According to papers in the family's possession, he took part in the Kilpatrick/Dahlgren raid. His unit left Stevensburg, Va., on 28 February, he was wounded in the left thigh and hip on 1 March, and taken prisoner at Green Farm the same day.
In his words, "I was with Dahlgren's command on Kilpatrick's raid to Richmond. I was wounded in the left thigh and hip in a charge through the rebel lines at the Green Plantation, Va. Weakened by loss of much blood I was taken prisoner and taken to Richmond (Libby Prison). I stayed there four long weeks. The only food I had while in the old tobacco house was a half pint of rice soup (maggots, rice and all), a dainty morsel of wine combined with a piece of corn bread (cob and all ground together). This we had twice a day and was glad to get it. One hundred boys in the same room all got the same ration. We never threw any of it away."
Paroled on 16 April, he was discharged on 14 June 1865, and returned to Cornwall. In 1880, single, he was living in Middlebury, a day laborer. By 1910, he was retired, living in Holyoke, Mass., with his son. He died in Middlebury 18 April 1921; interment in West Cemetery, Middlebury. His death certificate listed his occupation as retired carpenter.
Sources: 1860, 1880, 1910, 1920 U.S. Censuses; death certificate, family papers and photograph courtesy of Stan Youtt, Charles' great-grandson