Holmes, C. Hiram
Age: 22, credited to Waterville, VTVITALS
Birth: abt 1839, Waterville, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Tacoma Cemetery, Tacoma, WA
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CAMP LYON, GEORGRTOWN HEIGHTS, August 4th, 1861
MR. Editor --- Doubtess ere this you have been informed of the safe arrival of the Vt. 3d Regiment at Camp Lyon, together with the incidents of our long, and fatiguing journey. Lest you have not, we will briefly narrate some of the most interesting events of our adventures thus far. We left Camp Baxter Wednesday morning, July 24th, en route for Baltimore. Our departure from St. Johnsbury was not marked by any demonstration whatever. Probably the people of that quiet village wisely considerd the pernicious effect of a hearty "God Speed" upon such minds as ours. Be that as it may, Camp Baxter, is a by-word for our soldiers, and will be remembered with the same respect that an escaped conflict feels for his grated cell. In every other town through which we passed our reception was most congenial to our then burdened feelings. At Brattleboro and Bellows Falls, eatables of endless variety were furnished us. The citizens of Brattleboro especially will be kindly remembered by the boys of the 3d Regt., for their generous kindness. At Springfield, Mass., the Fireman's Association provided us with an excellent supper. We arrived in New Haven at 10 1/2 P.M., and took boat for Jersey City, The citizens of New Haven gave us ample proof of their appreciation for the motives that prompted our enlistment. We arrived in Jersey City at 8 ½, Thursday morning, and were delayed until 3 P.M. From here we had a fine view of shipping around New York and Brooklyn. By the indefatigable exertions of Col. Lieut. Col. Hyde, for once we started at the appointed time. We came into Philadelphia at 10 ½ P.M., and were very willingly compelled to partake of an excellent supper prepared for us, by the good people of that city. As this was the last favor of the kind we received, it is justice to say that while we duly appreciated the gratification of an animal want, yet we more highly esteemed the motives that impelled such acts of generosity to citizens of a distant state. We arrived in Baltimore at 11 A.M., Friday. We anticipated some demonstration from the " Band of Rowdies"who have for so long infested that ill- fated city;but in this we were disappointed. Owing to the immense number of troops continually passing over the road to Washington, it was impossible for our officers to procure facilities for transpotation until 11 P.M., at which we took cars for the Capital, whither we had been summoned previous to our departure from Philadelphia. We arrived in Washington at 3 P.M., Saturday morning, and were marched into such quarters as could be obtained. (which, by the way, were not very inviting), where we were allowed to rest. At 11 A.M. we were called together to receive marching orders; and at 11 ½ we started for Georgetown Heights, seven miles from Washington, on the Maryland side of the Potomac. We are very pleasantly located on the Heights commanding Chain Bridge, 15 miles from Fairfax Court House. The Maine 6th Regt. Is encamped near us,, also a body of cavalry. A large force is engaged today erecting a battery on a hill back of us, which will command the road on the other side of the river. I have seen some of the boys from the 2d Regt. They report aall as well as could be expected, after their "Bull Run." A few of our company are sick, but not dangerously so. I think I am perfectly safe in saying we have the best officered company in the whole Regt. If we could get plenty of Vermont papers, we should be very well contented. Relative to the final issue of the war, we, of course, know nothing, but anticipate the next " sortie" on the rebels will be more successful than the last, especially if the 3d Regt. Leads the attacking column. Should anything of interest transpire, you may hear from me again.
C. H. Holmes, Co. E
Submitted by Deanna French.
WATERVILLE --- C. Hiram Holmes died of heart disease at his home in Tacoma, Wash., May 3, 1904. He was born in Waterville Jan. 25, 1839, being the youngest son of the late J. C. Holmes of this town, and well remembered by many of the oldest residents. He was educated in the public schools and old Lamoille Academy of Johnson. He enlisted early in the War of the Rebellion in the Third Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, and served throughout the war, being promoted several times for gallantry. He has lived in the west many years, first in Iowa, and for the past fifteen years in Tacoma.
He leaves a wife and four children, three sons and one daughter, also two brothers, S. R, Holmes of Galesburg, Ill., and Dr. H. M. Holmes of Adams, Mass.
Morrisville News and Citizen, June 4, 1904
Courtesy of Deanna French