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Holbrook, William Cune


Age: 19, credited to Brattleboro, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF, 7th VT INF
Service: comn 1LT, Co. F, 4th VT INF, 9/7/61 (9/7/61); pr MAJ, 7th VT INF, 1/22/62, pr COL 8/27/62 (9/8/62), resgd 6/2/65

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Birth: 07/14/1842, Brattleboro, VT
Death: 03/27/1904

Burial: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT
Marker/Plot: 5
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 16907828


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, Charles Collection, VHS Collections
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 also: Correspondence at UVM's Center for Digital Initiatives


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Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT

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Vermont Officers Reunion Society Collection
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Portraits Collections
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society

(Charles Collection)

(Gibson Collection)


Holbrook, William C., of New York, son of Frederick and Harriet (Goodhue) Holbrook, was born in Brattleboro, July 14, 1842.

He commenced his education in the public schools of Brattleboro, and afterwards attended a private school for boys under the charge of the Rev. Addison Brown. He first engaged in mercantile pursuits in Boston, Mass. Returning to Brattleboro on the outbreak of the war of the rebellion, and enlisting as private in Co. F, 4th Vt. Vols., he accompanied that regiment to Washington as 1st lieutenant, and was shortly afterwards made acting adjutant. Subsequently he was promoted to major of the 7th Vt. Vols., which organization he accompanied to Ship Island, Miss., and was commissioned colonel of the command in August, 1862. He served as such and as brigade commander until after the surrender of all the rebel armies. Colonel Holbrook actively participated in sieges and the battles of Vicksburg, Grand Gulf, Baton Rouge, Jackson's Bridge, Gonzales Station, Spanish Fort, Blakely, Whistler and Mobile, and he re-enlisted in the 7th Regt. for three additional years service or for the war on the expiration of its first term of service.

At the close of the struggle he entered the Cambridge Law School and began there the study of law. In 1868 he went to New York City, was there admitted to the bar and has since been actively engaged in the practice of the law. He has also been admitted a member of the bar of Windham county, and of the circuit and district courts of the United States, of various departments in New York, New Jersey, and Western Pennsylvania.

Colonel Holbrook was married in New York City, Jan. 17, 1872, to Anna Morrison, daughter of Thomas and Margaret Chalmers. Three children are issue of the union: Margaret Chalmers, Marion Goodhue, and Chalmers.

Colonel Holbrook is allied with numerous civil and military social organizations, among which may be named Sedgwick Post, No. 8, of Brattleboro, GAR, the military order of the Loyal Legion, the societies of the Army of the Potomac, of the Officers and Soldiers 4th Vt. Vols., of the Windham County Veterans, of the Windsor County Veterans, of the 19th Army Corps, of the Vt. Officers, of the Veteran Officers and Soldiers of the 7th Vt. Vols. Of the three last named he either is, or has been, president. He also belongs to the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and is a life member of the New England Society of that city.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, pp. 200.

Check out this soldier's correspondence in the " William C. Holbrook Correspondence" Collection at the UVM Libraries Center for Digital Initiatives "Vermonters in the Civil War" Collection

Letter of Resignation

(Compiled Military Service Record)

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