Wood, James W.
Age: 20, credited to Cambridge, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF
Service: enl 9/10/61, m/i 9/16/61, Pvt, Co. K, 5th VT INF, d/dis 2/7/63
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Birth: 1841, Cambridge, VT
Burial: Jeffersonville Cemetery, Jeffersonville, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 37288222
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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LAMOILLE NEWSDEALER: MAY 30, 1862
THE FOLLOWING LETTER FROM ONE OF THE 3d VT. REGIMENT, WAS WRITTEN TO FRIENDS IN CAMBRIDGE:
CAMP ADVANCE: YORK COUNTY: MAY 6, 1862
DEAR FRIEND: I write you a few lines to let you know I am well and enjoying myself first-rate. In my last letter I said that we had got some hard fighting to do. We have done it. We started Sunday morning, May 4th, and went into the first fort before breakfast, and held it until some other regiment came. We then went back to get two days rations and on and overtook the rebels Sunday night at dark in a piece of woods. They set the leaves on fire to keep us back, but that made no difference; we charged on them and drove them into their forts. We then laid down and slept till morning, when we renewed the work.
Hancock's brigade was in the advance. The brigade, with Davison's and Brooks, compose Smith's division. We took five forts, and today 3 more. We had a hand skirmish last night taking the fifth fort. We had two pieces of artillery and two companies of infantry. They attacked them and fell back. The rebels then followed on after them at full run, but we had three regiments to support our companies.
When the rebels got close enough we charged on them and killed a great many, among the killed was a Colonel, Lieut. Colonel, and a Major. Today there has two rebel surgeons come to help dress their wounded. The woods are full of dead and wounded. Our men are burying the dead and carrying the wounded to the hospital. I went to the hospital and there counted 13 legs and 4 arms that had been cut off, Our loss is estimated at 100, and the rebels have lost 2500.
But I must close for I have got to clean my gun. I want you to write, for you don't know how much I want to hear from home.
James M. Wood
Submitted by Deanna French.
Webmaster's Note: There is no James Wood in the 3rd Vermont. The author of this letter is probably James W. Wood, credited to Cambridge, Co. K, 5th Vermont, who enlisted in Sept. 1861, and died of disease in Feb. 1863.