Lamson, George C.
Age: 18, credited to Stowe, VT
Unit(s): 2nd USSS
Service: enl 10/29/61, m/i 11/9/61, PVT, Co. E, 2nd USSS, m/o 2/15/64, wnl, 2/18 64, HOSP STWD, 23rd USCI, d/svc, 3/3/64, Augur U.S. Genl Hosp., Alexandria, VA (diphtheria/enteritis)
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Birth: 1844, Stowe, VT
Burial: Riverbank Cemetery, Stowe, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 160578675
Alias?: None noted
Portrait?: White Collection
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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FROM THE SOLDIERS JOURNAL
DIED IN AUGUR HOSPITAL, MARCH 3, 1864, GEORGE C. LAMSON, AGED 19
Geo. Lamson was the son of A.C. Lamson of Stowe, Lamoille County Vermont. He entered the military service as a private in the 2nd regiment U.S. Sharp Shooters, in 1861, and had nearly completed his first term of enlistment, when he was promoted to the position of Hospital Steward, the duties of which he had already been discharging for nearly a year.
Before he had completed his first term of service in his former regiment, he was prostrated by an attack of typhoid fever, which left him in such a condition as to be unfit for field service, and he was consequently retained in Convalescent Camp for duty, first as dispensing clerk, and then as Steward in charge of one of the Division Dispensaries.
In his discharge of duties pertaining to the place he occupied, he so conducted himself, as to command the respect, and win the affections of all who knew him. From the colonel in command and the surgeon in charge, down through every rank, it would have been impossible to have found one but would have rejoiced at the opportunity of doing him a kindness, or bestowing upon him marks of respect and confidence. On the 18th of February, of the present year, he received his appointment as a Steward in the Regiment Army, and in accordance with his own request, was assigned to duty in the 23d regiment, U.S. Colored Troops. On Tuesday, the 23d of February, he suffered a slight attack of diphtheria but had nearly recovered from this, when on Saturday evening, following severe "enteritis" set in, and continued up to the time of his death, on the 23d inst.
His friends in this hospital, learning of his illness on Monday morning last, procured the proper order from the Medical Director of Washington, and he was transferred to this place on the same day. Everything that human skill or human kindness could effect, was done for his recovery, but without vail. If money, labor, care could have saved him, we would have but been happy to have given them all. But it might not be. The summons came, unlooked for, but imperative; unwelcome, but unavoidable, and alone he went forth to grapple with the Death Angel in the mortal conflict. We accompanied him to the brink of the river, glad to do the little that human love could prompt, or human efforts could accomplish, but we could only stand and watch the dark waters closing over him. His remains, attended by the proper escort, were conveyed to Washington today for embalming, where they will remain until the arrival of friends from home, who are hourly expected. We cannot take leave of him without a few reflections, that seemed to be forced upon us by these solemn circumstances. But yesterday he was with us in all the vigor of early manhood, with high hopes and bright anticipations of the future; loved by all who knew him; today is numbered among the "departed.". His life, his death afford us a lesson. As he was virtuous, amiable, honorable. May we follow his example, and cherish his memory as an incentive to upright thoughts and noble deed. As he was called suddenly and unexpectedly. Oh, may we be admonished that, "In such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh", and may we be so wise that we shall be found at the post of duty, ready to answer to the summons with the joyful assurance that we only lay aside the weapons of our warfare for the victor's palm and the conqueror's crown. P.C.H. Augur Hospital, March 4th, 1864.
Source: Lamoille Newsdealer: March, 1864
Courtesy of Deanna French.