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Dodge, Elisha Enoch

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 34, credited to Eden, VT
Unit(s): 13th NH INF
Service: 13th NH INF, cr to Rollinsford, NH, comn CPT, Co. B, 9/27/62, m/i 9/18/62, mwia, Btry Five, Petersburg, 6/15/64, d/wds 6/22/64

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VITALS

Birth: 11/17/1827, Belvidere, VT
Death: 06/22/1864

Burial: Pine Grove Cemetery, Farmington, NH
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 136593177

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Martha E., 8/27/1866
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: Died at Officers' Genl Hosp., Fort Monroe, VA

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Pine Grove Cemetery, Farmington, NH

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Biography

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Elisha Enoch Dodge

Capt. Elisha E. Dodge, 13th New Hampshire Infantry, Co. B; b. Eden, Vt.; age 24; res. Rollinsford, cred. Rollinsford; app. Capt. Sept. 27, '62; must. in to date Sept. 18, '62; wd. June 15, '64, Battery Five, Petersburg, Va., and died, wds. June 22, '64, Officers General Hospital, Fort Monroe, Virginia. Burial at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Farmington, Strafford County, New Hampshire.

Elisha E. Dodge, born Nov. 17, 1827, married Martha E. Fernald. He left a good business in Salmon Falls, N.H., and took the field in the fall of 1862 as captain of Co. B, 13th N.H. Volunteers. He died at Fortress Monroe, June 22, 1864, of a wound received a week before in a successful assault at Petersburg, Va.

Carte de visite backmark: No. 639. C. S. Sanderson, Wendell's New Block, Central Street, Dover, N.H.

Following excerpts from the Regimental History of the 13th New Hampshire Infantry: before Petersburg, 1864

In the early morning Maj. Grantman and Capt. Dodge are together on our skirmish line, on the left of the Thirteenth, engaged in making arrangements to send sundry prisoners to the rear. While they are talking together a Confederate officer rides up out of the fog, searching for the Confederate skirmish line. Coming upon Grantman and Dodge, and not recognizing the blue, he inquires of them: "Where is the skirmish line?" Quick as thought Capt. Dodge replies: "The skirmish line is right here, Captain; you may as well get off that nag! "The Confederate
dismounts, and proves to be an Adjt. General on the staff of Gen. Bushrod Johnson.
Capt. E. E. Dodge is wounded in the leg just above the knee, the bone badly broken, just before reaching the Battery; Lieut. Charles B. Gafney in the thigh, and Adjutant Nathan B. Boutwell in the shoulder, when in front of and near the Battery; and Lieut. S. Millett Thompson in the left ankle -- a round ounce-bullet going straight through it -- while he was moving the flankers to the front and right during the preliminary movements in the charge. All these wounds are severe, and caused by round bullets.

The wounded officers and men of the Thirteenth are taken back to the house, buildings and grounds of Mr. Thomas Rushmore, near the Appomattox river, a little over a mile northward from the battle-field. His whole establishment is turned into a hospital. An old piano found about the premises, after having the legs sawed off, is used as an operating table for our Asst. Surgeon Sullivan; and the above-named wounded officers and the wounded men are placed on it -- while he skillfully plays the instrument! After having their wounds dressed, the officers and
several of the men of the Thirteenth pass the night in Mr. Rushmore's house; lying side by side, heads to the north, on the floor along the north side of the room to the left of the front entrance to the house.

Hospital. Four months' pay is now due us, and we are much pinched for money to purchase things which we greatly need. Capt. Dodge's leg is wounded by a bullet just above the knee, a comminuted fracture of the bone. He suffers but little. His leg rests in a sort of trough, made of pieces of board, which can be raised or lowered at will. A chaplain so-called, but really a fool and an ass, bores him beyond endurance with a half hour of gloomy talk. Those who are very sick and likely to die soon, are visited by this walking charnel-house of a chaplain -- and what little of life is left in them he can soon talk out.

Hospital. Capt. Dodge dies to-night. His life might have been saved probably, if he had consented to have his leg amputated. His determination to save his leg cost him his life. He died of blood poisoning, and was deceived, by the absence of pain, into believing that he would recover. He died while Lieut. Thompson was asleep. As the patients in the ward awoke, and found that he was gone, they instinctively knew the cause -- a shudder ran through them all. The Surgeons and attendants say that he suffered no pain, and passed away without any struggle, and like a person falling asleep.

Hospital. We all feel very badly about the death of Capt. Dodge. He was a very efficient and brave officer, a kind friend and a genial companion, and in losing him the Thirteenth meets with a very great loss indeed. Capt. Dodge's wife came out here to take care of her husband, and arrived just in time to accompany his embalmed body home. Her sorrow was most pitiful, and she had the sympathy of every person who knew of this terrible bereavement.

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THE DODGE FAMILY.



Malachi F. Dodge, b. 20 August, 1789, in New Boston, N. H.; d. 13 October, 1865, in Nashua, N.H. He m. 9 January. 1812, in Belvidere, Vt., Miss Jane Hutchins, dau. of Thomas and Priscilla
(Dana) Hutchins. She was b. 22 February, 1792, in Weathersfield, Vt., and d. 14 February, 1870. They resided first in Belvidere and next in Lowell, Vt., whence they removed in 1837 to Nashua, N. H., where they spent the rest of their lives.

Children:
i. Priscilla Dana, b. 22 May, 1813: d. 12 Aug., 1864; m. William H. Huntley.
ii. Malachi Foster, b. 8 Jan., 1815; m. (1) Charlotte A. Ober.
iii. Elisha Cochran ., b. 27 Sept., 1816; d. 10 Feb., 1825.
iv. Sarah Jane b. 6 July, 1818; m. 17 Nov., 1845. Frederick Plummer Bixby; b. 14 Oct., 1811; they reside in Chelsea, Vt.

Children:
1. Edward Henry Bixby, b. 1 Aug., 1849; res. In California in 1880.
2. Emma Jane Bixby, b. 3 Mav, 1856; m. 16 May, 1878, Herbert J. Moulton; b. 12 Feb., 1856; res. Chelsea, Vt.
v. Daniel Darling, b. 28 June, 1820; m. Miss Wyman.
vi. Thomas Hutchins, b. 27 Sept., 1823; m. Eliza Daniels.
vii. Abigail R., b. 28 June, 1825; m. Rodney M. Rollins.
viii. Elisha Enoch., b. 17 Nov., 1827; m. Martha E. Fernald. He left a good business in Salmon Falls, N. H., and took the field in the fall of 1862 as captain of Co. B, 13th N. H. Volunteers. He died at Fortress Monroe, 22 June, 1864, of a wound received a week before in a successful assault at Petersburg.
ix. Mary Harding, b. 20 Nov., 1829; m. Mason Boyd.
x. Emeline A., b. 17 July, 1832; d. 26 Oct., 1865, in Nashua, 13 days after her father.


Malachi F. Dodge, born in 1789 in New Boston, N. H., In addition to what is there stated, he served in the war of 1812 for which he received a land warrant for 160 acres. The father of Miss Jane Hutchins, whom he married in 1812, was a farmer in Belvidere, Vt., and probably died in the second quarter of this century. The descendants of Malachi F. have borne an honorable part in military service as well as in civil life.

For convenience his children are here given:

i. Priscilla D., b. May, 1813: d. 1864: m. William H. Huntly.
ii. Malachi F., b. 8 Jan., 1815; m. (1) Charlotte A. Ober.
iii. Elisha C, b. 27 Sept., 1816; d. 10 Feb., 1825.
iv. Sarah Jane, b. 6 July, 1818. See page 203. 1078. V. Daniel Darling, b. 28 June, 1820; m. (1) Miss Wyman.
vi. Thomas Hutchins, b. 27 Sept., 1823. See pages 297 and
vii. Abby R., b. 28 June, 1825; m. Rodney M. Rollins. See p. 326.
viii. Elisha Enoch., b. 17 Nov., 1827. 1082.
ix. Mary Harding, b. 20 Nov., 1829. See p. 326.
x. Emeline a., b. 17 July, 1832; d. 26 Oct., 1865.

Source: Genealogy of the Dodge family, of Essex county, Mass. 1629-1898, Vol. 1 & 2, by Dodge, Joseph Thompson, 1823-. Publication date 1894.

Courtesy of Dave Morin

Obituary

Captain Elisha E. Dodge, of the 13th N.H. Volunteers was wounded before Petersburg, and who died at Fortress Monroe on the 23d ult., was in the 37th year of his age, and a native of Eden.

Source: Lamoille Newsdealer, July 13, 1864
Courtesy of Deanna French.

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