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Norris, Laroy S.
Age: 25, credited to Williamstown, VT
Unit(s): 9th VT INF
Service: enl 1/4/64, m/i 1/4/64, Pvt, Co. I, 9th VT INF, m/o 5/13/65
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Birth: 1838, Williamstown, VT
Burial: East Hill Cemetery, Williamstown, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 115360043
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/29/1872; widow Mary M., 1/17/1917, Barre, VT
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)
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 unit's Organization and Service for details.
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East Hill Cemetery, Williamstown, VT
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Leroy S. Norris
Havelock, N.C., July 22, 1864
MR. Editor: --- I presume you think I am dead by this time, but I am not, I assure you, and that is not all; I don't expect to die right off! I was here last April on picket, and I came here today to bring some rations to the boys; it is 10 miles from Newport. I thought when I was here before, that things looked beautiful; the fruit trees were then in full bloom; but now how changed the scene; the fruit is beginning to ripen, the bushes and shrubs are not only clothed with their foliage, but hang to the ground, by the weight of their delicious fruit, and in some places as far as the eye can behold, can be seen some of the most splendid flowers that nature ever planted. I had a good meal of blackberries and blueberries today, and as good a dinner as North Carolina ever afforded. I reckon, besides filling my haversack with good apples. I don't see any need for a soldier being home-sick here, though he may be deprived of many good privileges that he might have at home. But I love my country, I love freedom, and I love the old stars and stripes, and for them I will fight, "Though I conquer, though I die”. Four companies have left Newport and gone to Newberne, or near there, and we all talk of leaving, but don't know where we shall go, nor how soon we shall go.
We have meetings in camp every Sunday, and social meeting three times a week. Thank God that we are so comfortably situated.
My company have built nice, little framed houses, clapboarded and shingled. They are eight feet square, and four live in a house, and a beautiful shade overhead. I am thankful ever enlisted in the service of my country, also that I ever enlisted under the blood-stained banner of Prince Immanuel. Come friends to help put down the rebellion. The bullet may never be run that is to hit you. Be true to your country, be true to your God, and don't forget to pray for us, dear friends. For "the Union must and shall be preserved.”
Laroy S. Norris
Co. I, 9th Vermont Volunteers
P.S. I am going to Newport on the train at 5 P.M. Good bye for this time.
Source: Lamoille Newsdealer, 3 Aug 1864.
Submitted by Deanna French
A VETERAN OF THE CIVIL WAR.
Leroy S. Norris Died Sunday at Age of 79 Years.
Leroy S. Norris, a veteran of the war between the states, died at his home, 150 North Main street, Sunday morning at 5 o'clock. Mr. Norris had been in declining health for some time, although until two weeks ago his condition was not considered critical. He leaves his wife, who was Miss Mary Shurtleff, to whom he was married in Williamstown in 1885. Surviving also are his sister, Mrs. Mary Clark, and a niece, Mrs. Jackson, who lives in Chelsea. Mr. Norris was 79 years old and had been a resident of Barre for nearly half a century, coming here from Williamstown, his native town. As a young man he enlisted in Company I of the Ninth Vermont Infantry and saw considerable service in the Civil war. He had been employed until recently as a carpenter and at times as a local agent for various companies. He was a member of the Methodist church and belonged to R. B. Crandall post, No. 56, Grand Army of the Republic.
The funeral will be held at the house Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock, Rev. B.G. Lipsky, pastor of the Hedding Methodist church, officiating, and the body will be taken to Williamstown for interment in the village cemetery.
Source: Barre Times, Jan. 1, 1917
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.