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Martin, William E.


Age: 21, credited to Marshfield, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF, 17th VT INF
Service: comn 2LT, Co. C, 13th VT INF, 8/29/62 (10/4/62), pr 1LT, 2/23/63 (3/7/63), m/o 7/21/63; comn 1LT, Co. E, 17th VT INF, 4/9/64 (4/17/64), wdd, Wilderness, 5/6/64, kia, Petersburg Mine, 7/30/64

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Birth: 1844, Marshfield, VT
Death: 07/30/1864

Burial: Village Cemetery, Plainfield, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Monica White

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Gibson 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: 13th Vt. History off-site
WPA Graves Registration Card indicates that this is a cenotaph.


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Village Cemetery, Plainfield, VT

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Vermont Officers Reunion Society Collection
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society

(Gibson Collection)


Martin, William, late of Plainfield, son of William and Sabrina (Axtell) Martin, was born in the town of Marshfield. His grandfather, Jesse Martin, was a veteran of Bunker Hill, and his father, Hon. William Martin, was a man of mark, who represented Marshfield for thirteen years in the Legislature, was colonel of a cavalry regiment, and associate judge of the county court.

William Martin passed through the usual experience in his boyhood days, receiving his education in the common schools. The rough and constant labor of the farm developed his energy and endowed him with uncommon physical strength and endurance He was always a prodigious worker, and for a time was a manufacturer and merchant, but for many years devoted his chief attention to the occupation of his youth. He is a large owner of real estate, possessing at the time of his death several extensive farms in this and neighboring towns, and he was also the proprietor of a large saw mill, which is carried on by his sons.

Mr. Martin was an enthusiastic adherent of the dominant party in the state, and held many public offices; representing Marshfield in the Legislature.

He was strongly in favor of a vigorous prosecution of the civil war, and one of his sons, William E. Martin, served as 2d lieutenant in Co. C, 13th Regt. Vt. Vols., under the command of Col. F. V. Randall, and was promoted to 1st lieutenant before that regiment was mustered out. He then enlisted in the 17th Regt., and was killed at the battle of Petersburg Mine, July 30, 1864. In honor of his memory the local organization of the GAR in Plainfield received its title of the William E. Martin Post.

The subject of this sketch was wedded Jan. 11, 1838, to Vienna L. Perrin, by whom he has had eight children: Julia S. (Mrs. Walter Page, deceased), William E. (killed at Petersburg, Va., as stated above), Curtis A., Cassius L., Charles P., Edwin B., Harry H., and Benjamin F.

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. 259.

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