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Perkins, Hiram

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 40, credited to Cabot, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: comn 2LT, Co. H, 13th VT INF, 9/23/62 (10/4/62), pr 1LT, 6/4/63 (6/12/63), m/o 7/21/63

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VITALS

Birth: 03/31/1822, Walden, VT
Death: 06/08/1872

Burial: Cabot Village Cemetery, Cabot, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Monica White
Findagrave Memorial #: 17066126

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Laura, 2/27/1885, VT
Portrait?: VHS Collections, 13th History
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

DESCENDANTS

2nd Great Granduncle of Llew Goodfield, Carpinteria, CA

2nd Great Granduncle of Lawrence A. Perkins, West Springfield MA

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BURIAL:

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Tombstone

Cabot Village Cemetery, Cabot, VT

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Photo

VHS - Reunion Society Collection

Photo

(Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865)

Biography

SECOND LIEUTENANT HIRAM PERKINS volunteered from the town of Cabot, Vt., in August. 1862, and counted on the quota of that town. He was active in securing recruits and at the organization of what was called at that time as the Lafayette Artillery of Calais, was elected second lieutenant, and at once took his position as such and was duly commissioned September 23rd, 1862. Lieutenant Perkins was one of the older officers of the line, and a man of character and influence. The Lafayette Artillery of Calais like the Emmett Guards of Burlington were mustered in as Companies A and H of the 13th Regiment, There was considerable confusion and some mix up with Calais company before finally mustered in. This company on arriving at Brattleboro, September 29th for muster in had only some 60 members, and therefore could not be mustered in until the requisite number was made up. Quite a number of the other companies had more than the required number, and transfers were made to Company H, and in this manner Company H soon had the required number. This change created some feeling but no other way. Lieutenant Perkins is entitled to much credit for the manner in which this mix up was arranged. It always required skill and tact to get along with Vermont volunteers for they were quite independent and expressed their minds fearlessly on all questions affecting their comfort and pleasure. Lieutenant Perkins was cool, sedate, rather austere and well calculated to manage a lot of green, raw recruits just entering into the life of soldiers. Lieutenant Perkins commanded the respect of all and his conduct exemplary, a dignified gentleman evidently one of the old school. The mere fact that he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in his own company was complimentary and expressed his standing in his own company, and how he was regarded by Colonel Randall who recommended promotions. Lieutenant Perkins was a man of few words, of deep conviction and when satisfied what was right was not to he swerved by feelings of sentiment or theories that had no moral or just foundation to support them. His conduct as an officer was just and fair, worthy of emulation. Was a man of action and demonstrated by his deeds the undaunted courage and high patriotic devotion that induced him to volunteer. On the battlefield of Gettysburg none displayed more sublime conduct or valiant action in the decisive moments of General Pickett's desperate charge against General Stannard's Second Vermont Brigade in the valley of Plum Run, than Lieutenant Hiram Perkins. He was a native born hero, willing to stand by and fight for the right and preservation of the Union with his last breath. He served with credit and was mustered out with the regiment with honor and returned home with an untarnished character. Resumed his place in society and died respected and regretted. He is buried at Cabot, Vt. (His picture will be found on page 318.)

Source: Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, p. 654