Roberts, George Tisdale
Age: 36, credited to Rutland, VTVITALS
Birth: 1825, UnknownADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
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DEATH OF COL. ROBERTS
Our community was shocked and grieved by the sad intelligence of the death of Col. George T. Roberts of the Seventh Vermont Regiment. The intelligence is accompanied with no particulars further than that he was mortally wounded in the desperate conflict at BatonRouge, between the forces of Breckinridge and the Union troops, whilst gallantly, making a charge upon the enemy while at the head of his regiment. This occurred on the 5th inst., as we learn, and Col. Roberts died on the 7th instant, - two days after the wound was received. We are informed a private dispatch states that the Vermont Seventh made one of the most brilliant charges of the whole war, and covered itself with glory. But it is painful to think that the noble commander is cut off, ere his career of usefulness and honor had fairly commenced. Like the lamented Ransom in Mexico and Baker at Ballís Bluff, he fell with his face to the foe, and in the fearless discharge of his duty. So long as heroism is admired, and patriotism loved, will green garlands of affectionate remembrance be laid upon his honored grave.
The remains of Col. Roberts were to be sent home, and their arrival may be expected soon. The melancholy event will be duly honored by our people.
The following dispatch announcing the death of Col. Roberts, was received by Gen. Baxter yesterday afternoon:
New York, Aug. 18, 1862.
Gen. H.H. Baxter:
The Seventh Vermont helped achieve a glorious victory at Baton Rouge on the 5th instant, but our gallant Colonel fell mortally wounded in the thickest of the fight. He died on the 7th inst. His body will probably come by the Blackstone, the last of the week. Can you be here to receive it?
(Signed) H.M. Frost, Chaplain.
Rutland Herald, August 21, 1862
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.
The funeral of Col. Roberts was attended yesterday from the dwelling of Gen. H.H. Baxter, agreeably to previous notice, by a very large number of citizens from this and adjoining towns, numbering from one to two thousand. Among those in attendance we noticed the Rev. Mr. Frost, Chaplain of the Vermont Seventh, and Surgeon Child of the Vermont Fourth, and several other military gentlemen from abroad.
The burial service of the Episcopal Church was read, and a eulogy was pronounced by Rev. Roger S. Howard, Rector of Trinity Church. In consequence of the crowd of persons in attendance, we were unable to hear any part of the service, but it is spoken of as having been of a very impressive character, and the eulogy as touchingly eloquent and appropriate.
The Rutland Light Guard, the former companions in arms of the deceased, were present, and added very much of interest and solemnity to the occasion, the men having lost nothing of their martial appearance acquired in their Peninsular service of one year ago.
The procession was formed at about five o'clock. Following the Hearse and led by a groom, was the horse of the deceased, fully equipped, and lacking nothing of the complete panoply of war but his late noble and fearless rider. But a few days ago upon that vacant saddle, towered the stately form of him who was now being borne to the tomb, "leading his regiment into the thickest of the fight." Preceded by the Light Guard, a large concourse of citizens followed in procession to the Old Cemetery, where the remains were silently lowered into their last resting place.
Thus have been performed, in a befitting manner, the last sad offices, - the rites of scripture, - to one of the noblest and bravest of the sons of Vermont. In common with all the other conspicuous heroes fallen in the deadly shock of battle, he will live in memory, so long as the lovers of liberty shall read the story of this great conflict for freedom.
Rutland Daily Herald, August 28, 1862
Contributed by Jennifer Snoots