Seeley, Lyman J.
Age: 41, credited to Cambridge, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/8/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. E, 13th VT INF, wdd, Gettysburg, 7/3/63, m/o 7/21/63
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Birth: 1821, Cambridge, VT
Burial: Jeffersonville Cemetery, Jeffersonville, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 37288269
Alias?: None noted
Portrait?: 13th VT INF, off-site
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: 13th Vt. History off-site
Great Grandfather of Lois Blood Southworth, Plymouth, MA
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Lyman J. Seeley
Source: Lamoille Newsdealer: October 24, 1862
For The Lamoille Newsdealer
FROM THE THIRTEENTH REGIMENT
On the 11th, at noon we all left our camp at Brattleboro, and at 2 o'clock we were all on board the cars., and hat 5 p.m. we were in Springfield, Mass. We halted a short time, and when we started they saluted us by firing cannon. In two hours we were in Hartford, Conn. At 11 p.m. we arrived in new haven, Conn. There we went on board the steamboat "Continental," and all camped down for we were pretty tired. When we arrived at Jersey City we were ordered to sling knapsacks and march on shore. There we stood two hours, with the promise of a good warm breakfast. After waiting so long, a truck with some barrels and cans, and a few baskets was unloaded on the platform of the depot; then two darkies and three others that were mostly the same grade, went to dealing out the stuff in dishes. Some of the soldiers went up and took their rations and tasted of it and threw it dish and all into the dock. Some of the boys said that Vermont farmers' hogs would die with hunger before they would eat such stuff. The water here tasted like dish water.
At 7 a.m. we left Jersey City. Our route was through a low sunken country, which Vermonters would call a desert, but it passes for good land here. We pass the canal for a number of miles, and arrive at Philadelphia. We were ferried across the river, and when we landed, a crowd had gathered on the wharf to greet us, and we were marched into a fine hall, where there were tables set up, and a fine dinner. We all partook, for it was then 1:40p.m., and the soldiers thought they had got back to Vermont. While we were eating a lady came along and gave each of the boys a tract. After dinner we marched through the city to the depot, and got on board the cars and waited for an hour. While we were waiting the Lamoille County company sung some comic songs which kept the crowd in laughter till the bell rung. We came to Haver de Grace, and here the cars were run on a boat and ferried across the river. As soon as the boat was made fast to the whaef, the engine pulled us along again. At 2 a.m. we reached Baltimore, and at 5 a.m. we started for Washington, and after much delay, arrived at the capital, and went into the eating room, and ate our supper, and then laid down to sleep.
Some of the boys bought pies, which are for sale as thick as flies in dog days, and it made them sick before night. An order came Monday afternoon to have everything packed and three days rations cooked, but we have not received marching orders yet.
We are encamped about a mile east of the Capital.
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1862
Lamoille Newsdealer: January 8, 1863
From The 13th Regiment
Fairfax Courthouse, December 30 (1862)
MR. EDITOR: --- Thinking that perhaps the readers of the Newsdealer would like to read, in its columns, while around their evening fireside, of the movements of the 13th Regiment, I will give you a brief sketch of it.
Nov. 21st, at 7 P.M., the order came into camp to pack knapsacks, which the boys did with haste. Then the order came for light marching, and forty rounds of cartridges; which was done promptly, and at 7:25 they were in the ranks and on a march. They marched till next morning in a cold rain (if up in Vermont it would be too cold to be out), then camp till daylight, when the march was recommenced; and after two and one-half days’ march they arrived at Union Mills. Here they encamped, and were on picket duty. When on picket, Lieut. Kenfield and some of the privates discovered a portable forge, and all the things thereto belonging, hid in some by place. The next morning he went to Col. Randall, and told him what he had found, and that he wanted a team, which was granted. Taking a guard from Co. E., he went and brought his prize into camp. The Col. Said it was worth $75, and now they could have their own blacksmith’s shop.
Capt. Boynton wishing to see some of the ruins, told his soldiers what he was to do, and all that wished might fall in; and most of his company and of Company K, making a full company, formed a line. After viewing the battle ground, they thought it best to return to camp; so they strolled along in that direction. Some of the boys ran onto two horses and a mule in a field with CS on them. They were at a stand how to get them into camp. At last Clough told them to take the straps from their guns for bridles. They did so, and then rode them in. The regiment remained here ten days and was then ordered to Camp Vermont. After the regiment had got to the depot it began to storm, and there was a rush for the cars, some open ones and some closed one, and when our baggage was on board, there was a rush. Capt. Boynton, not so hasty as the rest, kept his men back till all the open cars were filled, then he got his men into closed cars, where they were all out of the storm, which was more snow than rain. Here we were in good quarters, while all those that got onto the cars first, were out in the storm. When near the Alexandria depot the cars stopped and the soldiers were ordered to sling knapsacks and march to Camp Vermont. The snow was falling fast, and made some of the soldiers wish they were in Old Vermont. Some got permits to go into the other regiments where they had friends or acquaintances, while the rest of the regiment went into the woods where they underwent what pen cannot describe in a minute, but came out safe in the morning. But few took cold. The snow was four inches deep in the morning and the weather was cold. The snow remained eight days before it was gone. At noon our tents came. The boys had the snow scrapped off, so the tents were put up in a hurry, and all had a good nights rest.
The next day they went to stockading their tents and making fire-places to keep them warm, for they were going to spend the winter here; but had they got so they were living, it was all kicked over.. On the 13th of the month the order came to march the next morning at 6. They left camp before it was light, and at 8 we passed many a ruin, and halted for a rest at 9. Again we start, and soon pass Cloud’s Mill. This in a time of peace was a place of business, but now its windows all demolished and its buildings in ruin.
About 4 P.M. the regiment was at Fairfax Court House. About half a mile beyond, is a level piece of woods the regiment pitched their tents The timber is Oak and Chestnut, and looks like a Vermont sugar place. Near by is a fine field which is used for a parade ground. There is here a grist mill, all stripped; railroads, farm hose and other buildings; the fences all gone, and the land all grown up to grass and briars, from two to four feet high. The country is like a house where the woman is gone --- nothing as it ought to be.
On Christmas day the Col. Had all military parade dispensed with, and 2 P.M. our Chaplain delivered an address.
On the 28th, at 6 P.M., the regiment went out about a mile and a half, formed in line in pits, where they spent the night, firing a few shots at the rebels. In the morning all returned to camp, and some are sleeping, and others are about the camp.
A few are sick. In every company are some who are troubled with a cough. It is strange that with our marches and camping out, half the regiment are not dead; but they are like their mothers in Vermont, of good grit, and not afraid of trifles.
Lyman J. Seely
Lamoille Newsdealer: February 5, 1863
From The 13th Vermont Regiment
Friday, January 30, 1863
MR. EDITOR: --- I will write a few lines that may be of some interest to the readers of your paper in Lamoille County. New Years day passed off with mirth, and on the next day Col. Randall had to go to Washington, so the boys were given 2 days to stockade, which they done in a hurry. Some were chopping and splitting Chestnut and Whitewood, while others carried it on their shoulders to camp, a distance of 15 or 20 rods, and made their camp in shape for winter, then got brick and built some fireplaces. The soldiers were happy and would get into their tents or around the camp fire and talk about when their time would be out, and wonder when Uncle Sam would let them have some “green backs,” while others were wishing that their boxes from Vermont would come, so that they would not have to get their tobacco, butter, cheese &c. All went along like clock work for a while, when the surgeon said it was not a healthy camp. It is strange, but he did not find it out until we had got our tents fixed. He and the major spent a number of days in trying to find a suitable place, and at last settled on a spot about a mile north of our camp, where the pines had been cut some time before, and was on a rise of ground facing east. The commissioned and field officers’ tents were to be in a pine grove, where there were rows of some corn or tobacco field. The boys spent a number of days here, building barracks, and then got the ground cleared for the officers’ tents and some of their barracks built, when orders came to march.
On the 18th, sad news came to camp---it was the death of Hiram C. Wolcott. He was buried the next day with all the honors of the army, and 36 guns were fired at his grave. He is from Morristown and leaves a wife, and one child to mourn his loss. This is the second death in Co. E.
Our rations began to be cut down, and then we knew there was something in the wind. The order came for marching at 8 o&rsquo'clock A.M., (the 20th) The boys eat their supper and nearly finished the scanty allowance of bread and packed their things. In the morning they finished their bread for breakfast. There were some that had boxes from home, and were provided for on their march.
At the appointed time the drum beat, and the boys were all in line, stacked arms, unsung knapsacks, and the Colonel gave the order to strike their tents. The boys returned to their company, and was all done with haste, and the wood work that they had made with so much care was set on fire, and into line again at the beat of the drum. The order for marching came, and the boys marched with firm step, with their knapsacks, cartridge boxes with 40 rounds, canteens full of water, and empty haversacks. We marched 3 miles and halted to rest, then we marched by Fairfax Station. When a halt was again made, the boys began to feel in their haversacks for crumbs. We halted 30 minutes, and then marched a mile to a rising piece of ground. The Colonel gave us orders to camp, and, and the ground was policed, and the tents set up for the night around the camp fire. We had no supper but were well pleased with the camping ground, and well rested in the morning. We were very quiet till noon. Nothing had come from the Station, and at 1 P.M., Colonel Randall detailed 50 men to go and meet the teems, for it had rained in the latter part of the night, and the road was very muddy, but they got through before we got to them. The rations of hardtack were dealt out and we had a good meal. We then went looking for timber to build barracks. This was followed up till now.
The next day (22d) 240 went out to fix the road so that the teams could bring our rations from the Station. Perhaps we shall stay here for some time, for the mud is from 6 to 24 inches deep in the road. Our camp is the best we have had since we have been in the service. The pines keep off the wind, water and hard wood are easy to be got. The weather has been warm and wet ever since we came here.
Tuesday (27th) the boys were in high glee, the pay came into camp for them to sign. They began to tell what they would do when they got the green backs, which were to be paid Wednesday, but the day passed off and no pay was received. It snowed all day and the boys kept in the tents most of the day. Eugene Bellows was near the sutler’s tent, where he found a black snake, over four feet long, and killed him.
Thursday, (29th) the snow was 7 to 8 inches deep in the morning, but when the sun came out it became soft and the boys had fine times snow-balling. They enjoyed this till the mud got mixed with the snow, then the fun was done.
After supper the order came to have Co. E. report to the paymaster’s quarters at the 12th regiment. There was not one lame or sick, and this is the first instance, for a long time, when Co. E. had their men. The green backs are the best surgeons, and made all well and ready for duty. After reaching our destination, we were called in alphabetical order, and marched into the tent and took the pay, ($22.96), and went through the tent. At the other end stood the sutler to take his due. The boys do not know how they will send the money to Vermont.
Lamoille Newsdealer: MARCH 12, 1863
FROM THE THIRTEENTH REGIMENT
WOLF RUN SHOALS, FEB, 28, 1863
MR. EDITOR: This month has passed has passed; and being the shortest in the year, there will not be so much in it, The first part of the month was wet, and then cold. When it rained the mud was very deep, and this time Messrs. Chadwick, of Cambridge, and Andrews, of Johnson, came to visit our camp, Mr. Chadwick stopped over night but in the morning he departed in haste, saying that Virginia was not the place for him. Mr. Andrews stopped the next day, and around among the boys, and enjoyed himself well till the next day at ten o'clock, when he left for home, and wished the boys good luck in camp.
Ford's Old Mill
Wolf Run Shoals, VA, 1863
The weather continued for five days; and in the time the 12th and 13th had corduroyed most of the road from the station, distant about six miles; when the weather changed, and on rising in the morning, the wind was north, and it was almost impossible to move on the rough ground. This lasted only two days, when it rained again, then we were blessed with Virginia mud, of any depth you might wish. The sun then came out for a few days, and dried up the mud a little, and the soldiers corduroyed the streets in camp, so they were passable when it was wet weather.
On the 12th, the 12th and 13th detailed a lot of men, and with Col. Blunt we crossed the Occoquon, with 20 who acted as guard, and with spade and picks we laid low the rebel earth-works and rifle pits that commanded the ford and our camp; and then we built rifle-pits and earth-works on our side of the river.
The 12th is on the right of the 13th, and the Connecticut Battery in front, secured by earth-works. It is impossible for a rebel force to cross the river, as, as all things are so planned as to rake the river in a cross fire, the ford being such shape that you have to go up in the river about 15 rods before the bank will admit a passage out. So in this way the pits and a battery could give a most deathly blow to a force while crossing, and not have a man in danger. The ford, and a few others, we have to picket. This the soldiers do with pleasure, for they do not have to be on picket more than an hour and a half in 24, which is much less than common, the usual time being 8 out of 24. Sometimes the pickets are aroused by the footsteps of horses, or the barking of dogs, which show that the guerillas are ranging the country on the other side of the river, trying to secure something from our army to feed themselves with.
On the 16th the snow fell ten inches deep, and remained two days, when it rained, and the mud was a deep as the snow had been. The weather came off for a few days and was warm and pleasant; but on Sunday, the 22d, it snowed all day, and at dark it measured 16 inches deep, and if it had not melted, it would have been 20 inches deep. The boys had fine times snowballing. J.H. Mudgett who was hurt by a falling tree is now in the hospital and doing well. On the 25th, Dickinson and Morgan tapped five White Maple trees and made some Virginia sugar.
The measles are in camp, but the boys are having them light. We do most of our cooking, such as meat, aples (sic), tea, and coffee, which we draw once a week. We have beans three times a week, and sometimes rice, but it is not as common as it has been in former camps. Colonel Randall says his boys are true blue, and respects them for their good behavior and soldier like manners.
We are encamped 30 miles from Washington, and are keeping the rebels at bay.
Lyman J. Seely
Lamoille Newsdealer: MARCH 19, 1863
FROM THE THIRTEENTH REGIMENT
WOLF RUN SHOALS, MARCH 10, 1863
MR. EDITOR: --- Your paper has not yet arrived here in Company E., for the last two numbers due. The boys are almost lost, for there is only a little reading in the company, and two of your papers would give them the news from sweet Lamoille, as they borrow them to read of the owners and get news from their homes that they have left to serve their country's call. When it is not in camp, the boys are wishing that the next mail will bring it, until the week passes off. The former Postmaster was a young, boyish fellow, and often would not carry the mail out of camp, or return it in due season. This would cause many letters and papers not to go to their destination. All the commissioned officers went in for his removal, and had a man about 40 years old of Co. B. appointed in his place. He is very faithful in having the mail in due time at the station, and to get all there is for our regiment. He also gets dailies and brings into camp to sell to the boys. So they keep themselves posted in regard to things in Washington and elsewhere.
The month so far has been warm and very wet. The wild geese have gone to the North, and the robin has come with her sweet songs to greet us. The frogs have come from their winter quarters to give us their music, and there are many other things to show that spring is near. We have been aroused a number of times and every man that was fit for duty was ordered to have his gun and straps and 40 rounds of cartridges ready to "fall in" at a moment's warning. We have not had to start yet, but how soon we shall I don't know. When we start we shall have to give the rebels some pills.
Sunday night the 8th, about one o'clock in the morning, the rebels came in at Fairfax Court House in five directions, and surprised and took Gen. Stoughton and some of his orderlies and guards to the amount of twenty men, and some horses, and left before three o'clock. Some of the men made their escape by stratagem. The telegraph operator slipt away from them last night. He said that the rebels were guided by citizens, who left them before they had got out of our lines. This shows that we are in a place where we have to treat every man or citizen as a spy or foe. Colonel Johnson, of the New York Cavalry being aroused, went to the barn and found it guarded by rebels, who tried to capture him, but under the darkness of night he made his escape by crawling under the barn, where he stayed until they left when he followed them with his men. His success is not yet known, but will be in a few days.
The measles are still in the company, and all who have not had them will have them without a doubt.
Company E. has been detailed for duty four days, and they are erecting a building 20 x 40, for meetings of worship, and other purposes as occasion requires. The Col. Has ordered a team to draw the stuff, and it is fast going up. It will be completed in the time allotted them, for the boys that are not sick are resolute and will put the thing through.
Lyman J. Seely
Lamoille Newsdealer: May 21, 1863
FROM THE 13TH
CAMP CARUSEA, VA. May 12, '63
MR. EDITOR: --- The regiment has been the healthiest in April that they have been since they were out. ; but pay-day was on the 29th of April --- four months pay up to the first of March, and you know how it is with some folks when they have a little money. It has been a busy time, since, for old watches, and a great many pies and hoc-cakes have been sold to soldiers. At last the surgeons gave orders that no more stuff should be brought into camp to sell to the soldiers, for the number in the hospital has increased from 2 up to 20, in a few days; and it was coming warm weather, and the soldier must not eat a lot of stuff, out of camp, or in it --- -that their rations were the healthiest living, and we must avoid the raging fever that was in camp by our living.
In this month our Lieutenant Colonel E. M. Brown has his discharge; and on Sunday, May 3d, at our review, he took his leave of us, having been with us in all our trials since we left Vermont, he having the call to fill an office in the Green Mountain State. Major Clark got his discharge while we were at the Shoals. So there were now two vacancies in the staff. On the 5th, the Captain of Co. D was promoted to Lieut. Colonel, and Capt. Boynton, of Co. E., is promoted to Major.
On the 8th, Col. Randall called Co. E. to go on a scout, and they took all the arms or property that belonged to the U. S., or to the rebels. This was amusing, for when we would search houses where they were Union, they were willing; but where they were rebels, the women would be cross, snappish things, and do all in their power to resist the search A secesh woman is worse than a sucesh man or soldier. In our tour we came to a chapel about as large as a large district school house in Vermont, built after the style of 1840 in Vermont, and by its side were many graves, but only a few tomb stones to tell the date of the decease or age, and in our tour we visited the Topeka Church. This is a large building of brick, which is built in Virginia style, but now there is nothing of the inside to show form or structure, there being nothing but the walls and roof to show the ravage of war. We passed the village of Accotink, on a creek by the same name. In this village are a grist a saw mill, both, as is usual in Virginia, offering excellent opportunities for improvement.
Our boys enjoy themselves, having various ways in which to find amusement. Some play the violin, and others the banjo, while others still play the cornet, and so pass many a pleasant evening. The streets of Co. E. are smooth, and at the tent corners are nice cedar trees, and at the officers tents there are two larger than the rest. After we had our streets ornamented, six of company E. boys got two nice cedars and set at Captain Randall's tent, in place of some shrub pine that had been placed there a day or two before. By chance Gen. Stannard came to spent the Sabbath with our Colonel, and on seeing the street he pronounced the best in the Brigade. In the evening the Col. Called for music, and with the General he came into our street, and we passed two hours as pleasantly as we ever did in Vermont; and on his return to his quarters the Gen. was heard to say that the 13th was the cleanest regiment in his command.
Lieut. Kenfield was in Washington last week, when the rebel prisoners who were taken in the late battles came in. He said he never saw such a beggarly looking set in all his life. They were both ragged and dirty. Some deserters have come into camp, and they say the rebels are half fed and clothed. Our regiment has today 24 in the hospital, and some are sick in their tents. Only 6 days ago there were but 4 in hospital. The principal cause of this increase is the eating of sutler's stuff.
L. J. SEELY
Lamoille Newsdealer: June 25, 1863
FROM THE THIRTEENTH REGIMENT
CAMP CARUSIA, June 14, 1863
MR. EDITOR: --- Having a few moments leisure, I will give you a short sketch of the 13th. We have had no rain since May 5th, and the days are very warm, and the nights cool. Everything is dried up by the scorching sun, and all the grain is blighted; in many places the corn has not come up; the ground is baked hard in our camp. The peaches and apples are looking well, and strawberries are plenty.
Our picket duty is greater than it was before the rebels took our teams, (May 14th). It comes around in two or three days, the rebels did not make anything, for we took 20 horses from them for our 12 mules and 4 horses, and our teams are better than before; but we have a guard to go with the teams when they go out of camp.
The sickness has subsided in our regiment. It raged in May to a great extent from the 16th to the 31st, 13 died, and many more were sick. Since June came there has been but a few deaths, and those in the hospital are getting well, so that they can go home in July. The boys enjoy themselves, but they think the last 30 days is more than they agreed for, but are willing to stay longer and serve their country. But woe to the copperheads when the 13th gets back to Vermont, for we have no pleasure in them. He that will forsake his country in this trying hour, shall be last out in the darkness where there will be glittering guns ans swords to devour him.
On the 10th inst., the soldiers were paid two months pay, up to May 1st, so things are lively in camp. Whiskey sells at $4 a canteen full. The soldiers buy a great deal of milk at 15 cents a canteen full.
Our regiment has 30 on the sick list; 40 have died, and 64 discharged, which leaves 659 men fit for duty.
June 15th: --- We have orders to strike our tents and take fly tents, so every soldier can carry his house on his back and set it up when he stops. At 10 A.M. a train of artillery passed our camp. It went as still as if it were a funeral procession; nothing but the rattling of the wheels on the hard road could be heard. At 1 P.M., a lot of cavalry passed, all in good order. A part of Hooker's army crossed here, another at the Shoals, and another at Colchester on pontoon bridges; so they are in three places crossing the Occoquan. At 6:30 P.M. a drove of cattle passed. They were over an hour passing our camp. When the sun went down the wagons and the weary soldiers were still coming.
June 17th: --- Picket was relieved at 10 A.M., and on returning to camp, it had been moved about 80 rods. The 1st Vt. Brigade is camped 6 miles from us, and many of our boys have gone there to see their friends, so there are not many in camp.
L. J. SEELY
Lamoille Newsdealer: August 20, 1863
Written For The Newsdealer
Narrative Of The 13th Regiment
MR. EDITOR: --- As my arm has deprived me of giving a sketch of our marches and battles until now, perhaps the readers of the NEWSDEALER will be glad to have it by one who was in it, and here it is: ---
June 25th, we were ordered to march with 40 rounds of cartridge and 2 days rations. The soldiers carried all they could, and the rest of the things were burned, such as hard-tack, blankets &c. Our marched commenced at 10 a.m., and kept up in good order till dark, when we camped for the night near Centerville, a distance of twenty-five miles; here we made the best of our camp, as it rained quite hard. In the morning we made us a good cup of coffee, and waited till 9 a.m. for the teams to pass, when we started on our march, which was slow for the roads were in a bad condition, and it rained. At noon we made a halt for two hours, and built a fire, made coffee, broiled pork and had dinner, which revived us. We again took up our march and kept on till near sun-down, when some of the boys were exhausted and fell out; but we were soon marched into a nice field of grass to camp. This was near Herden Station. After we got our tents set up and camp fires built, we found the boys of Company E. destitute of bread and meat. The teams had not come up, but our captain provided us with a supper and breakfast. Our orders were to be ready to march at 3 A.M., but we did not start till 5, and at 8 it began to rain and was very muddy. At 3 p.m. we were halted near the Potomac, at Edward’s Ferry. Here was the first fine field of wheat that had come to our view. After a halt of an hour or more we were ordered across the Potomac, and then to Adamstown, 30 miles from Centerville. Here we were all wet and hungry, but soon made ourselves comfortable building good fires and drying ourselves, and eating a scanty supper, and rested pretty well.
We marched at 5 a.m., and having our breakfast, we felt a little better condition than the night before; but the boys have all got foot-sore. We were all in good spirits, for we were told the rebels were only 10 miles off, and we went on with good courage, thinking the rebs were so near. The day being very hot, the boys were quite thirsty. Lieut B told his men that he would get them some water, and taking 20 canteens went and brought it. On his return he was arrested, and his sword taken from him. His men were willing to help him, but it was of no use to murmur.
At 2p.m., we received orders to cross the mountain and get to Harpers Ferry. When we arrived at the top of the mountain, the Surgeon told the General that the regiment could go but little further, for the soldiers were all exhausted, and that the conveyances were full, and still more had fallen out. We had marched 28 miles that day.
After a nights rest and a breakfast, we started for Frederick in the rain, but halted in a few hours. We went through fields of nice wheat, nearly ripe, and in some places it stretched as far as the eye could reach. After marching 27 miles we camped near Fredrick, all pretty nearly exhausted, for we had marched 5 days in the rain and burning sun. At 5 the next morning we again took up our march, but were so foot-sore and lame that we went but 23 miles. We had the promise of a days rest, so we set up our tents for the night within a half a mile of the city Emmetsburg. Here we enjoyed ourselves till 9 a.m. the next day, when an orderly came with dispatches to have us report immediately at Gettysburg, 15 miles off, that the enemy was concentrating there. This was promptly obeyed, and at 9 a.m. we were on the battlefield of Gettysburg, in line of battle. We rolled ourselves up in our blankets and laid down to rest.
In the morning we were sent out as skirmishers till 10 a.m. when we were relieved by a Pennsylvania regiment; then we returned to the right of the centre. Here we stayed till; 4 p.m., when one-half of the regiment was ordered to support a battery. At 4:35 p.m. the rebels opened their batteries on us, which were promptly returned by our men. The air was full of shells and grape. Corporal D. Buttler of Cambridge, was wounded in the thigh, very severely, by the bursting of one of the shells. At 5:30 p.m., Gen. Doubleday addressed us on our good behavior, and said that our help would be needed, and trusted we would promptly do our duty, as we had stood so cool in the battle so far.
At 6 P.M., Gen Hancock rode up to Col. Randall and said, “ the rebels have broke our lines! Can you retake our battery?” The Colonel told him he could, and we all started off on double-quick to the left of the centre under heavy fire. When near the battery, the Colonel’s horse fell under him, but he rushed through the line with his sword in one hand and pistol in the other, and exclaimed, “Now let them know that Vermont boys never flinch!” That gave us courage, and we halted and gave them a few “pills” that made them leave our battery. The rebels raised a Union flag, which caused us to cease firing. The Colonel ordered us to charge, and like sheep before wolves, the rebels scattered, leaving their guns. A few had taken refuge in an orchard, whom we dispersed. While this was going on, the Colonel, with a few men, went to a house and captured 75; among them was a rebel major, lieu, colonel and one captain. We gave three cheers, and then returned to the line of battle and laid down to rest, as it was 9 p.m. So ended Thursday, July 2d. At 3:30 a.m. Friday, we were awakened by the guns of the enemy. They kept up a tremendous fire till 7 a.m. when the firing began to cease, and at 10 a.m. it ceased al together. At 1 o&rsquo'clock they commenced with more vigor and kept up till 4:30, wounding Wolcott in the shoulder and Seely in the right arm, when the rebels came down on us double-columns to take a battery in the centre. When within 15 rods, we opened with musketry a most deadly fire, which gained the victory. In this fire C.W. Whitney received a wound in the knee which proved fatal. J.M. Chaplin and Hull were wounded at this time. On we pushed, and captured 600 prisoners. On our return into line a shell burst in our midst which killed O S. Carr, and Orderly Sergeant H.H. Smith, who fell with his sword firmly clasped in his hand; and wounding J.M. Daniels, S.C. Sanborn, J.C. Collins and Lieut. Kenfield.
Saturday, July 4th, it rained all forenoon so there was no fighting. In the afternoon the dead were buried.
On Monday we were ordered to give Lee a chase. We marched to within 8 miles of Fredrick and crossed the mountain to Middletown, and camped for the night near the city. Here we were relieved.
After a good nights rest, we felt quite cheerful, for we thought we should soon see our homes. A 9 a.m. we were ordered to pack up for our journey home. In a short time we were on the homeward march. After marching 2 miles we met the old Vermont brigade. All the regiments gave us a cheer and we returned the compliment, and passed on, shaking hands with many. In the afternoon we arrived at a railroad station, and a 7p.m. we got aboard and started for Baltimore.
At Philadelphia we had good bread, butter, cheese, coffee &c. May this city be greatly blessed for the good treatment of the soldiers.
We were ferried across the river and took cars for Jersey City, where we went on board the steamer.
In New Haven we took the cars for Vermont. When we arrived in Brattleboro, we found the 12th regiment, and they divided rations with us. After waiting till July 22d, we were sent home.
This ends my narrative, and wishing good luck to all the boys in Co. E. I will close.
Yours &c: Lyman J. Seely
Jeffersonville, August, 1863
News and Citizen, April 24, 1901
Lyman J. Seely, a Veteran of the Civil War, passed away Tuesday morning, April 16. The funeral was held at the Second Congregational Church, Rev. Edwin Wheelock officiating, assisted by Rev. H.C. Howard. The funeral was in charge of the GAR, Post Gates, who attended in a body. The four comrades who acted as bearers were; Sydney French, Gilbert Davis, Julius Safford of this place, and George Whiting of Johnson. Other comrades from out of town were Darius Holmes, Vernon Patch and Jason French of Johnson. Mr. Seely was 80 years of age and was a lifelong resident of Cambridge. He was the son of Samuel and Charlotte Seely, who were among the first settlers of Cambridge.
Submitted By: Deanna French.
13th Vermont Regimental History