Waitman, Charles A.
Age: 25, credited to Springfield, VTVITALS
Birth: abt 1836, Chester, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Died in Brattleboro, VT
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CHARLES A. WAITMAN
CIVIL WAR VETERAN
Charles Alonzo Waitman, 78, died this morning in his home, 48 Canal Street, after a long period of failing health. He had been confined to his bed less than two days.
Mr. Waitman, who for 41 years, had been employed at the Estey Organ plant, and was a three-year soldier in the Civil War, having enlisted in Company G, 7th Vermont, at Springfield, this state. Mr. Waitman, with his regiment, was in the first Vicksburg Campaign, and in the battle of Baton Rouge. It was in that campaign that 48 of his company died of disease, and many others were incapacitated for weeks and months because of debilitating illness.
Mr. Waitman was born in Chester, Nov. 24, 1836, one of eleven children born to Samuel and Althusa (Smith) Waitman. The family soon moved to Wethersfield, and later to Springfield. There Mr. Waitman learned the carpenter's trade which he followed afterward, with the exception of the time he served his country at the front.
On Nov. 26, 1861, he enlisted at Springfield, and the regiment was mustered into service at Rutland on March 12, 1862. On March 10 they started on the ship the Tamerland for Ship Island, Miss., and it was exactly one month before they reached their destination. They engaged in the first attempt to take Vicksburg, the campaign in which the efforts to build a canal to turn the course of the river proved futile, but was tremendous and continuous exercise for the rank and file of the army, most of whom became very proficient with pick and shovel. The month of August 1862, found the regiment with others at Baton Rouge, and on August 5 the battle there took place. Mr. Waitman with others of his company was on the picket line when the battle started, and it was long after midnight before he found his regiment again, which was then in the city of Baton Rouge, near the penitentiary. For weeks the regiment was in that locality, and sickness depleted the ranks far more than the bullets of the Confederates succeeded in doing. Mr. Waitman, however, escaped the ravages of fever and the bullets of the enemy, and was eventually mustered out of service in Brattleboro, Aug. 29, 1864, the regiment having completed its enlistment, as under the act by which the regiment was recruited they were to “ serve three years from June 1, 1861. Mr. Waitman did not re-enlist, as some of the regiment did, but again took up his trade of carpenter. He did much work at mill construction, working for Sheldon & Gibson in Fitchburg, Turners Falls, and Bellows Falls, before coming to Brattleboro, where he entered the employ of the Estey Organ Company of Brattleboro, and where when his health permitted he continue constantly.
Mr. Waitman married in Newfane, June 1, 1865, Miss Mary E, Wellman of Brookline, Rev. Benjamin Ober, then pastor of the Congregational Church there, performing the ceremony. Besides his wife, he leaves one brother, Romanzo Waitman, of Springfield, this state. He was a member of Jarvis Post, G.A.R. of Springfield, and afterward transferred to Sedgwick Post of Brattleboro, the only organization of which he was a member.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the house, Rev George E. Tomkinson, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating. The body will be taken Monday to North Springfield for burial in the family lot.
Brattleboro Daily Reformer, May 21, 1915
Courtesy of Deanna French