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Age: 18, 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, d/dis 5/20/63
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Birth: abt 1844, Berkshire, VT
Burial: Main Street Cemetery, Enosburgh, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Deanna French
Findagrave Memorial #: 21234485
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: 13th Vt. History off-site
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Main Street Cemetery, Enosburgh, VT
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ORVILLE WHEELER was born as reported, in the town of Berkshire and some years later his father moved to Enosburg from which town the son volunteered. His father was a prosperous farmer and Orville was early taught the same honorable calling. His education was principally in the common schools of Berkshire and Enosburg. He was a sturdy, well-behaved young man and very anxious to enlist and his father gave consent reluctantly because so young. He joined the Bakersfield company, September 11, and was mustered into the United States army October 10, 1862, and in less than four weeks was in the front line between Alexandria and Mount Vernon, Va., doing picket duty. Cotton tents and damp ground in a Virginia winter and often when on the march without tents was exposure that he was not able to stand. He was ambitious to do as much as the older boys of his company, but had been brought up with tender care under a loved mother's watchful attention.
His age at enrollment was just past 18 years. Was well developed for one of his age in body and mind and comprehended the motives of the leaders of the Southern States to overthrow and destroy the Union. His enthusiastic patriotism was inherited from his parents and he was determined to volunteer to fight for the right and preservation of the Republic under whose humane laws he was born. Indeed, he was a kind-hearted, generous boy, free from guile, pure in thought, upright and manly in conduct, obedient to orders, prompt, and with a smile took his place in the line at all times unless excused from duty. He stood the unusual Virginia winter with a resolute desire to fulfil and discharge the arduous duties of camp, march and the picket line. His constitution was undermined at Wolf Run Shoals camp, where for ten long weary weeks exacting duties and the severity of the weather taxed to the uttermost the physical endurance of the strongest. At this camp our brave young hero sickened and went into the hospital, recovered and moved with the regiment to Camp Widow Violet; here he had a relapse, was again taken into the hospital where he died of disease May 20, 1863. His fitness for battle was demonstrated on the occasion of General J. E. B. Stuart's attack In the night at Fairfax Court House, Va., December 28, 1862. This youthful hero gave his life for his country and passed to his reward where a majority of his company comrades "one by one," he has received as they passed the pearly gates and joined him in the eternal realms of bliss. No sacrifice was too great when given for the preservation of the Union. His name is inscribed in the Records of State and as a valiant soldier who died in service of his country in the Civil War of 1861-.5. Though more than 46 years has passed, yet on each recurring Memorial Day the flag he loved is raised on his lowly grave and the early flowers of spring are scattered above his resting place as tokens of love and affection.
Source: Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, p. 645