Age: 18, credited to Enosburgh, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF, 17th VT INF
Service: enl 9/11/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. G, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63; enl 10/21/63, m/i 1/5/64, CPL, Co. A, 17th VT INF, red 4/30/64, mwia, Totopotomoy, 5/31/64, d/wds 6/18/64
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Birth: 1844, Enosburgh, VT
Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Edwards
Findagrave Memorial #: 43447606
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: 13th Vt. History off-site
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Source: Lamoille Newsdealer: April 16, 1863
FROM THE 13th REGIMENT CAMP WIDOW VIOLET, Va. April 5th, 1863 MR. EDITOR: --- A number of the Newsdealer dated March 19th is before me. In which I find an article from a member of the Regiment, in which it states that the 13th, is called the sneaky 13th. But sir, I am not aware that any such title has ever been applied to us; neither has the regiment done anything of this kind. But on the contrary, we have endured more hardships than any other Regiment in the Brigade. A short time since Col. Blunt received orders to send a Regiment in this vicinity to do picket duty, the place is one that has often been visited by guerrilla parties of the enemy. Now I would like to know why the 13th was ordered here, if they are considered sneaky fellows. I do not like the idea of having my noble Regiment called sneaks. If you deem this worthy of publication, it may not be uninteresting to state the reason of our camp being called "Camp Widow Violet." The camp is located on the farm of a lady of that name, and our mirthful Col. (who, by the way, is much respected by his men), gave the camp the name of the proprietor of the soil. The regiment is in good condition now. There are but few in the hospital, and nearly all are on duty. The past two or three days the weather has been quite severe here. This morning there was nearly one half foot of snow on the ground. At the time of writing it is nearly all disappeared making it quite muddy and disagreeable.
R. BESSEY; Co. G.
Courtesy of Deanna French.
13th Vermont Regimental History
CASE 214. - Corporal R. Bessey, Co. A, 17th Vermont, aged 19 years, was wounded at Hanover Court House, May 31, 1864, by a musket ball, which entered the right hypochondrium, and emerged to the right of the tenth dorsal vertebra, implicating the duodenum and probably the liver. There was hæmatemesis and extreme epigastric tenderness and pain, followed by bloody stools. Surgeon James Harris, 7th Rhode Island, enjoined absolute rest, with abstinence and opiates. The patient was, however, sent to Washington, and Acting Assistant Surgeon E. B. Harris, at Emory Hospital, reports that there was much tension and tenderness of the abdomen, with nausea, and dejections tinged with blood. The case terminated fatally, June 18, 1864.
Joseph K. Barnes, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion. (1861-65), Part 2, Volume 1 (Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1883), p. 147.