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Nichols, Cushing

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 38, credited to Hyde Park, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 5/8/63, m/i 6/10/63, ARTIF, Co. L, 11th VT INF, pow, Snickers Gap, 7/21/64, Danville prison, prld 10/17/64, m/o 5/13/65

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VITALS

Birth: 04/28/1825, Lowell, MA
Death: 12/23/1910

Burial: Village Cemetery, Hyde Park, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 44770988

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: Unknown
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: None

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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Village Cemetery, Hyde Park, VT

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Corresondence

FROM BRATTLEBORO

HOSPITAL BARRACKS, June 23, 1863

MR. EDITOR: --- Yesterday (Tuesday) 46 soldiers left the hospital that have recovered from their wounds, to join the Invalid Corps at Washington. Today there is 106 of the Old Brigade arriving at the hospital covered with wounds. They have been all day bringing them up. They will have the satisfaction of knowing that they will be well cared for here. This hospital is a good place for a wounded soldier; everything is on the most convenient style --- neat, pleasant and clean The old saying is "everybody dies when their time comes," but here I should not think anybody would die for three or four weeks after their time comes, and try hard at that.

Today three of the other company deserted. They came from Canada, and have probably gone home.

It is reported in camp that our friend, Capt. U. A. Woodbury, is to have a promotion in the Invalid Corps; the truth of which we cannot vouch for, although we hope it is so.

Yours,

Nick

Source: Lamoille Newsdealer: July 2, 1863

Submitted By: Deanna French.

FROM BRATTLEBORO
HOSPITAL BARRACKS
BRATTLEBORO, June 15, 1863

MR.EDITOR: --- Dear Sir: Operations go on here bravely, and I thought I would let you know some of them. Our company now numbers about fifty men; The other thirty-five. We want 152 for a company. Our quarters are first rate---good beds, bedclothes &c. Our rations are good, our officers tip-top, especially Serg'ts Griswell and Macomber; our drill officers, under whose tuition we have become drilled equal to "old sojers," so the old guards say. We only drill one hour in the forenoon and one in the afternoon; all the rest of the time we have to ourselves. We have got our artillery clothing --- better uniform than is received by infantry --- and are mustered into the U.S.S. We expect to be paid off in a few days, but probably shall not leave until the first of September. We have very careful medical attendance, so there are none on the sick list. We are very well contented indeed, and only want a few of the boys to enlist so that we can start to Dixie. Come on boys, if you want to get into a good thing; Enlisting office at Morrisville, as usual.

Your ob't serv't.

C, Nichols

P.S. The celebration you copied from the Brattleboro Phoenix did not come off, but it is postpod until the 4th of July, 1863. We are only a few rods from there and we " did not see it."

C. Nick

Source: Lamoille Newsdealer June 18,1863

Submitted By: Deanna French.

Source: Lamoille Newsdealer: September 3, 1863

FAREWELL TO BRATTLEBORO
BY: NICK

Brattleboro farewell! Fare you well!
We leave you hoping to return and fell
"The pangs we feel at parting, we pull up stakes,
And leave your land of crackers, pork and rattlesnakes.

Brattleboro, farewell! Our time has come
When we must leave for parts unknown to some;
But when we think of you and your fine fare,
Gardens and orchards; we think we had the lion's share.

Brattleboro, farewell; we think of they at night and morn.
At noon, and when the bugler blows his horn;
The chance is gone, the time is past,
To buy your splendid watches, all of brass.

Brattleboro, farewell! The Algiers House no more
Can mix us Rifle-whiskey, 'till our throats are raw;
The ladies on the road will vainly call
For list of sick and wounded ( see surgeons roll)

Brattleboro farewell! The old guard-house, farewell!
No more we'll have to travel in thy lonely cell,
And hear our brother guard, outside laughing shout:
"We pity you, old boy, but you can't get out.!

Brattleboro, Farewell! Good bye, old ground,
We have policed you often, muttering oaths all round
You've richly paid us, resting on you bosom many a night
When human beings said we were politely tight.

Brattleboro, Farewell! Should we ne'er meet again,
And we never shall unless we go insane ---
Receive a blessing from the hearts of Battery L.,
At last we say, Farewell!, Farewell! Farewell!

Cushing Nichols
Brattleboro, August 22, 1863

Obituary

CUSHING NICHOLS, aged 87 years, one of oldest residents, died last Friday. He had been in poor health a long time, but not until a few weeks ago was he able to be about. The cause of his death was Brights Disease.

He was born in Lowell, Mass., but located in this place about 50 years ago, coming here to work at his trade, that of carpenter and joiner, at which he was considered an expert workman. May 8, 1863 he enlisted at this place as artificer, in Co. L, 11th Vermont, Capt. Darius Safford. He was taken prisoner July 21, '64, paroled Oct. 17, '64, and mustered out of service May 13, '65. For many years he was mail carrier, carrying the mail from the village to the railroad, and no matter what the weather "Cush" was prompt in his performance of that duty. He had an artistic eye and whenever conventions or gatherings were to be held here he was drafted to do the decorating and his method of arranging flags and bunting always elicited warmest praise.

Besides his wife he is survived by four daughters, Mrs. George Parker, Misses Maria and Clara, of this place, and Mrs. George Barney of Swanton, and one son, Frank, of this town. Another son, Charles, died in the west several years ago.

The funeral was held from his late home Monday afternoon, Rev. H. Lamb officiating, with E. R. Lilly as undertaker. The bearers were I. C. Vaughn, F. E. Sawyer, J. T. Stevens, and P. B. Foster. Burial was in the village cemetery.

Source: Morrisville News and Citizen, Dec. 28, 1910

Courtesy of Deanna French.

Additional information

Captured Snicker Gap, Virginia 7/21/64. Was not at Andersonville. Sent to Danville Prison #3 in August 1864. A fellow POW later testified that he spent two months in Danville with Nichols who arrived with "two revolver shots in the right leg and a severe bruise across the small of back," inflicted by a Confederate cavalryman with the stock of his carbine. Nichols was sent to a rebel hospital 9/26/64 and to Richmond 10/14/64. He was exchanged at Varina, VA 10/17/64 and admitted to hospital Annapolis MD 10/20/64. He was furloughed 11/6/64 for 10 days and subsequently admitted to the Sloan General Hospital in Montpelier 1/6/65 for "chronic diarrhea" which plagued him the rest of his life. Nevertheless, he appears to have returned to his regiment and was ?subsequently wounded again? (didn't find this in his record.) He died in Hyde Park VT 12/23/1910.

Contributed by Dr. David Cross

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