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Seeley, Spellman S.


Age: 0, credited to Cambridge, VT
Unit(s): 1st MA HARTY
Service: enl/mi, Pvt, Co. B, 1st MA HARTY, 12/5/63, wdd, Petersburg, 6/16/64, dis/wds 6/6/65, Washington, DC

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Birth: 06/18/1833, Cambridge, VT
Death: 09/21/1915

Burial: South Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Deanna French
Findagrave Memorial #: 42051497


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
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: None


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Cenotaph at South Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, VT

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Spelman Seeley



Spelman Seely, who is a member of Company B. Mass. 1st Heavy Artillery, writes to his brother in Cambridge, on the 7th inst, and we extract the following: Fort Whipple, Va., Feb 7, 1864

Dear Brother--- When we left Long Island we went in an old transport boat and I did not see fire for eight days, nor but little to eat. I was sick on the boat, and took cold and have got a cough, which is a little better now.

We stopped in Alexandria over night. It was a lonesome place. It is a pleasant place where we are, the fort is called one of the best in Virginia. There will be 45 guns when they are all in, and all round the fort are rifle pits; and there are a number of forts in sight, in full view of Washington, Georgetown and Alexandria, and the timber is all cut down, and it looks a little lonesome to see it so, We are in view of General Lee's (the Rebel) where he lived in time of peace.

You think in Vermont, that I should have done better to have enlisted there, but I enlisted on my own free will, and there is no one to blame. I have seen a little of the world, and if I live I expect to see a good deal more; you would like to know what I think of the negroes; I think they will steal and I wish them all back to Africa where they came from; I let one women have a shirt, a pair of drawers, and a pair of socks, and a good silk handkerchief to wash, and I have seen neither the negro nor clothes nor never will. I expect you know where Long Bridge is. It is in sight of our fort. Yesterday there was a train of cars run into the draw and it killed 17 and wounded a great many. They had been home on furlough and were on their return to their regiments.

I expect you have a lot of snow in Cambridge but we have none here. It is like May here. We have mud here the same as you wrote last winter. We have artillery drill in the forenoon and infantry drill in the afternoon and dress parade at 4 P.M. Our barracks are good ones and we have enough to eat and there is a lot of bread given to the poor around here.

I will close for now and want you to write the news of my old town where I have spent all my past days. Do you have any good items in the "Newsdealer," send it to me and I will read with care and then I shall get the news from home while in a distant land.

Submitted by: Deanna French.


Morrisville Messenger: Sept. 29, 1915

Spellman S. Seeley died Tuesday evening Sept. 21, at the age of 82-½ years. Mr. Seeley was among the towns oldest inhabitants, and was the son of Samuel and Charlotte Seeley, who were pioneers of the town, setting up what is well known as the "Seeley Clearing" near South Cambridge.

Mr. Seeley enlisted from Massachusetts in the Civil War with Co. B (1st Mass. Hvy Arty).

In 1858 he married Maria Adams, and to them were born two daughters.Alice, who died in infancy, and Mrs. Alma Notemyer of this place, with whom he had lived since the death of his wife in 1881.

The funeral service was held from the home Friday afternoon, Rev. F.P. Hyde officiating. Burial was in South Cambridge.

Besides his daughter, he is survived by a brother, Alfred, who is 86 years of age, and resides in Centralia, Ill.

Submitted by: Deanna French.

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