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Gilbert, Hamilton S.

Age: 32, credited to Fairfield, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 12th VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. C, 1st VT INF, wdd, Big Bethel, 6/16/61, m/o 8/15/61; comn CPT, Co. E, 12th VT INF, 9/1/62 (10/2/62), m/o 7/14/63

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Birth: 10/14/1830, Fairfield, VT
Death: 03/12/1919

Burial: Bradley Cemetery, Fairfield, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 54253013
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: VHS off-site
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: See Benedict's Army Life in Virginia

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GILBERT, Captain Hamilton S., son of Nathan and Cynthia (Smith) Gilbert, was born in Fairfield. September 13, 1829. He inherits the native strength of the early pioneers.

His grandfather, Nathan Gilbert, was an early settler, built the first gristmill in town, but was drowned, while middle aged, by the bursting of a dam. His son, Nathan, was a life-long resident, and for many years conducted the local saw and gristmill, and was deacon of the Congregational Church.

Joab Smith, maternal grandfather of Captain Gilbert, was a prominent citizen, and represented Fairfield in the Legislature several terms. The statement of the late Judge Luke P. Poland, that he "was educated in a sawmill," applies to Captain Gilbert, yet in the winter terms he secured a fair schooling for the times. Imbued with a spirit of curiosity, in early life he traveled extensively in the West, paying his way by working in mills. The eldest of a family of four children, the care of the homestead and his parents, devolved upon him, and Fairfield has always been his home. The farm, located near Fairfield Center, has been increased by successive purchases, until it now contains 350 acres. It supports a good dairy of 50 cows of the Jersey and Ayrshire grade, and the cream goes to Sheldon Creamery. The farm is well fitted for the operations of machinery, and has a sugar place of 1,000 trees.

When the nation was called to arms, Hamilton S. Gilbert was one of the first to enlist, riding on horseback to St. Albans, with others, and enrolling in the Ransom Guards, Company C, First Vermont Regiment, which served at Newport News and Fortress Monroe for three months. Mr. Gilbert was wounded in the arm while on a scouting expedition, in June, 1861, prior to Big Bethel, probably the first Vermonter wounded in the Civil War. In September, 1862, he re-enlisted and helped organize Company E, Twelfth Vermont Regiment. Colonel A. P. Blunt, and was elected captain of his company. He served in that capacity until the discharge of the regiment after the battle of Gettysburg.

Returning from the South, he exchanged the sword for the plow, and has been a useful and highly esteemed citizen, faithfully discharging several public offices in town.

Captain Gilbert married, in 1870, Martha B., daughter of Harmon and Polly (Flint) Soule of Fairfield. They have two daughters: Maude L., wife of Harry Doane of Bakersfield, who, with her husband, resides with her parents, and Lou M., wife of George B. Utley, librarian of Carnegie Library, Jacksonville, Florida.

Jeffrey, William Hartley, Successful Vermonters: A modern Gazetteer of Lamoille, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties…, East Burke, Vt.: The Historical publishing company, 1907, pp. 257-258.