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Read, Edwin H.


Age: 19, credited to Cambridge, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/8/62, m/i10/10/62, 2SGT, Co. E, 13th VT INF, d/dis 12/12/62, St. Johns Church, U.S. Hospital, Alexandria, VA

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Birth: 1843, Cambridge, VT
Death: 12/12/1862

Burial: Buried in an unmarked grave, , VA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
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Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


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: 13th Vt. History off-site


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Died in Virginia

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SECOND SERGEANT EDWIN H. REED was from the town of Cambridge, was highly respected. He died December 12th, 1862 of disease at Camp Vermont, and his remains were sent to Vermont for burial.

Source: Sturtevant, p. 553




Our almost daily observation furnishes us with a sad illustration of the dangers of the military camp to the morals of our young men, who go forth from their quiet and christian homes to fill the rank and file of our volunteer army. But it is pleasant to know that there is a large class who remember the faithful counsels and instruction of christian parents, amid the vices of large masses of men, congregated for military purposes; and who preserve their integrity, and elevate and refine their character like gold. refined in the furnace, intensified with a seven-fold heat.

Of this class, no one, whom I have known has more conscientiously maintained his purity of character than Edwin H. Read, of Cambridge, who died Dec. 12, aged 20 years, at St. Johns Church, U.S. Hospital, Alexandria, Va., a member of Co. E, 13th Reg. of Vt. Volunteers.

Up to the time of his enlistment, in September, he had always been under the immediate care of his parents, known both for their moral goodness and piety. He possessed personal attractions in common with very many young men. His manners were the perfection of unassuming grace and beautiful simplicity. He was both a good scholar and teacher; quick, intelligent and courteous. And more than that he had a high sense of moral rectitude, and was known to be careful in his habits of devotion. And when he went out from the influence of his parents and home, to the army, he was master of himself and circumstances. He remained true to his principles, and his principles remained true to him.

The seductions and vices of military life did not turn his feet from the path of virtue into the downward way. His example of industry and obedience encouraged others; his habits of respectful modesty to his superiors, never gave way to a revolting impudence; his habits of sobriety, to intemperance; nor his habits of devotion to profaneness. This is the united testimony of friends, officers, and comrades.

He was laid aside from the active duties of his company, by disease, soon after his regiment went to Virginia. But he had impressed his own earnestness and faithfulness upon the minds of his brother soldiers. He passed a few weeks as an invalid, in the military hospital, attended by the watchful care of his affectionate mother, when he died, serenely, as a christian hero.

While he was with us at home, he was an example of all that was virtuous and lovely, and when he went from his pleasant home, into the army, he resisted temptation, and became a wise and pure man.

The large body of citizens, who attended the funeral, testified their sorrowful respect for his memory and their tender sympathy for his deeply afflicted family.

Submitted by: Deanna French.

13th Vermont Regimental History

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