Ober, William L.
Age: 0, credited to Hyde Park, VT
Unit(s): 19th MA INF
Service: enl 2/27/64, m/i 2/27/64, PVT, Co. D, 19th MA INF, m/o 6/35/65
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Birth: 03/03/1844, Unknown
Burial: North Hyde Park Cemetery, Hyde Park, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 66851227
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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William L. Ober
LAMOILLE NEWSDEALER; MARCH 23,1864
FROM AN EDEN BOY
CAMP BRANDY STATION
MR. EDITOR: If the readers of the Newsdealer would like a few lines written by a boy from Lamoille County, and who is now a Mass. Volunteer, here they are. I, with three other Lamoille County boys, came to Boston, on the 27th day of February, and enlisted; two of us in the 19th, and two in the 28th Mass. Regts.
We were taken to Gallup's island in Boston Harbor, where we stayed about a week, enjoying the sea breezes, and the novelty of Island life. Boston Harbor is indeed a beautiful place. Their Islands with their sloping hillocks and white cottages, the sea with its varied beauty in calm, and storm, together with a fair view of Fort Warren and Fort Independence, makes the scene one which is sublimity surely cannot be surpassed.. Our journey from Boston to this place was a pleasant one; although we had some trouble to make ourselves comfortable sleeping in the cars. Coming from Alexandria to the front, we rode on the top of the train, so had a fine view of the country. It was a beautiful day, and the boys were all in good spirits. It's useless for me to attempt a description of Virginia; to say that it is chiefly characterized by tents, darkies, and dead horses, is to say enough.
When we were within a few miles of Brandy Station, the train before us ran off the track and met with a severe smash up, wounding seven soldiers, two of whom it is feared will not recover. Three cars were turned nearly upside down in the mud, the unfortunate soldiers being some of them being inside among the freight, and some under the cars in the gutter. With difficulty the cars were lifted, and they taken out in frightful condition. Two of them for a while supposed to be dead.
When we were coming through Jersey City, one of the guards shot a citizen for selling liquor to the soldiers. We all thought he showed himself a coward, at all events he looked like one. He was turned over to the civil authorities, and will probably receive his just deserts. As we came through new Jersey, we were greeted all along the road with waving handkerchiefs and cheers from old and young; and wherever the train stopped, we would have a fine time talking with the pretty girls who came out to see us.. But I fear I shall weary your patience, so I will close by saying that if any one thinks soldier's life is not a pleasant one, let them try it.
Wm. L. Ober
LAMOILLE NEWSDEALER: MAY 4, 1864
CAMP 19TH, MASS. VOLS: APRIL 21ST, 1864
MR. EDITOR:------We are still in winter quarters; as yet there has been no move made; but this state of things cannot last long; there is every indication of an early spring campaign. The rebels are in full view from Culpepper, throwing up fortifications.
The weather is dry here now, but rather cold and windy.
There is a company of Vermont Cavalry doing provost duty at our corps' headquarters, in which there are about fifteen men from Cambridge, We expect everyday to hear the long roll beating for us to go out and meet the "Johnny's”, and when it comes we will go with a will.
Wm. L. Ober
Submitted by Deanna French
Died in Eden, Oct. 22nd, Wm. L. Ober. Perhaps as the deceased was a man more widely known than many, the readers of your paper would deserve more than a passing notice of him.
He was born at Ober Hikk, in Eden, Nov. 7, 1844, and therefore came to the age of military duty just in time for our country's need. He had a passion and aptness for music, which he employed as a means of usefulness, and to which he endeared himself to a wide circle of friends, especially by his ready, and self sacrificing services at funerals , and other occasions of need, so he enlisted as regimental bugler, and received the highest promotion possible in that branch of the service - that of Brigade bugler, being elected to that office by a Massachusetts brigade.
Soon after two years service in the army he married Lizzie Vigant, of Elmore, who died on the 23rd of Oct. last year. Together, they settled in Eden, where Mr. Ober engaged in the lumber business, with its varying fortunes, until his death.
Mr. and Mrs. Ober were members of the Methodist Church, and were ever ready to help forward to the extent of their ability every good, and especially every Christian, enterprise.
Their son and daughter, and the widowed mother of each of them, will be most sorely miss the "heads of the home". A few bereaved friends will have so wide a circle of truly bere?? friends, who are called to sympathize sincerely, as these. As a man, Mr. Ober was faithful to his convictions of right up to the measure of his ability to us. The loss of such is always felt.
Source: News & Citizen, Morrisville, October 30, 1890
Submitted by Deanna French.