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Stevens, Henry H.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 22, credited to Enosburgh, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/11/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. G, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63

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VITALS

Birth: 05/01/1840, Enosburgh, VT
Death: 09/24/1911

Burial: Enosburgh Center Cemetery, Enosburgh, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 15871719

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: Unknown
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: 13th Vt. History off-site

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BURIAL:

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Tombstone

Enosburg Center Cemetery, Enosburgh, VT

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Biography

I was the son of S. H. and Elizabeth Stevens and born in Enosburg, May 1st, 1840, attended district and high schools in Enosburg. On September 11th, 1862, I enlisted under a call from President Lincoln for 300,000 men for nine months. He had promised that if the war was not stopped before a stated time he would issue a proclamation freeing the slaves. My neighbors and friends enlisted and I put my name down with theirs in answer to my country's call. We met at Enosburg Center to choose the company officers. We drilled and boarded at Spooner's Hotel for about a week and then went to Bakersfield for about the same length of time. On our way to Bakersfield we passed Mr. Fay Brigham and as we were passing he said, ''Good-bye, boys, I don't expect to see you again." I asked him if he expected the boys would kill him before we got back. He was what we called a "copperhead" in those strenuous days. From Bakersfield we went to Brattleboro, where on October 10th, 1862, we were mustered into the service and soon started for Washington. We stayed the first nights in a place called, as I remember, "The Soldiers' Retreat," nearby the Capitol building, and then pitched our tents on East Capitol Hill.

Others will tell of what happened at the different camps and of Colonel Randall's march with his boys to Union Mills. I remember well one interesting incident that happened while at Camp Widow Violet. I, with about twenty other boys, were picketing along the Occoquan River in June, about the 11th. We saw troops on the other side of the river. We called to them, asking what troops they were, and found that they were of the Army of the Potomac. We crossed over to them in ferryboats, Colonel Randall going with us. We moved back to our post and saw them place the pontoon bridges and the army crossed on this and at the fords on their march to Gettysburg. We broke camp and followed them, crossing the Potomac at Edward's Ferry, a march of seven days to the battlefield of Gettysburg. The battle and its results are recorded. Some of Company G boys stole a cheese from the sutler, who had an officer search the regiments. He searched all but Company G. He said that Company G did not know enough to steal cheese, and so passed by.

At the Battle of Gettysburg as we charged the rebels, about fifty of them stopped under cover of a house and barn. As we came to the buildings they ran for the woods a little way back. The Colonel said, "Halt!" twice, without effect. Then he very emphatically said, "G--d d--n you boys, stop that running." They stopped, threw down their guns and came back prisoners. My father, Samuel H. Stevens, and grandfather, Samuel Stevens, and great-grandfather, Oliver Stevens, are buried in the cemetery here at Enosburg Center, marked on each tombstone.

I married Cornelia, daughter of Stephen T. and Olive Anderson. My wife died in 1890, leaving two children, Mabel M. and Irving H. Stevens.

Henry H. Stevens

Ralph Orson Sturtevant and Carmi L. Marsh. Pictorial History: Thirteenth Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, (Privately published by the regiment, c1910), p 626.

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