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Sargent, Joseph


Age: 45, credited to Williston, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: comn Chaplain, 13th VT INF, 10/4/62 (10/4/62), d/dis 4/20/63, Camp Carusi, Va. (typhoid); Universalist

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Birth: 01/06/1817, Warner, NH
Death: 04/20/1863

Burial: Montcalm Cemetery, Enfield, NH
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 79160169


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: VHS Collections
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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Montcalm Cemetery, Enfield, NH

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Vermont Officers Reunion Society Collection
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society



DIED; Typhoid fever with purura, at Camp Carusi, near Occequan, Va. April 20, 1863, Rev. Joseph Sargent, Chaplin of Thirteenth Regiment, VVM

At a meeting of the officers of the Thirteenth Regiment, to take into consideration, the painful subject of the above notice, of which Col. Randall was chosen president, and Lieut. Clark Secretary, the following action was taken:
1/ A purse was raised to defray the expense of embalming and sending home the remains'd
2/ A committee to draft resolutions was appointed.
3/Arrangements of the funeral were settled upon.
4/The secretary was ordered to report the following resolutions

WHEREAS, By dispensation of all wise Providence, death has again entered our midst, and taken from among us a prominent and useful member of our regiment: THEREFORE

RESOLVED, that in the death of our Chaplain, The Rev. Joseph Sargent, we are called upon to mourn the loss of one, who by his noble patriotism, his many Christian Virtues, and his unselfish devotion to the temporal and spiritual welfare of those with whom he is associated, won our highest esteem and admiration, and endeared himself to us by ties of brotherly friendship.

RESOLVED, that though we will not murmur at the decrees of Providence, yet we feel that in his death we, as a regiment, are called upon to sustain an irreparable loss----the loss of one who was ready to administer to the comfort of the sick, at all times, to render counsel to the strong, and while we hold his worth in grateful remembrance, we pay this noble tribute to his memory.


RESOLVED, that our warmest sympathy are with the bereaved family, so unexpectedly called to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate husband, a fond and indulgent father, and our earnest prayers shall be that He who has promised to "temper the wind to the shorn lamb" may ever hold them under His guidance and protection.

RESOLVED, that as a further token of respect to his memory, the usual badge of mourning shall be worn of the others in the regiment for the next thirty days.

RESOLVED, that a copy of these resolutions shall be forwarded to the several papers in Vermont for publication.

Col. F. V. Randall
Lieut. Col. A. C. Brown
Captain J. M. Thatcher
Surgeon Geo. Nichols

On the morning of the 22nd, inst. The officers of the regiment conducted by Capt. Coburn as marshall, preceded by the band, and followed by several companies of the regiment, repaired to an open field near the house where he died, and attended the funeral rites of the dead. The Chaplain of the 12th and 14th had been invited to attend, but being at some distance and failing to arrive in season, the services were commenced by Surgeon Nichols, who read, in an impressive manner, the first Psalm. The regiment sang an appropriate hymn, and Surgeon Nichols continued the ceremony by reading the burial service of the Masonic Fraternity. A more feeling service could not have been selected. Every thought was solemn and beautiful, and every word empressive. It concluded with a brief prayer. There was singing of another hymn, and the officers, succeeded by the companies marching around, took a view of the corpse, and then formed as before. The bearers, Capt. Lonergan, Wilder, Boynton, Thatcher, Blake, and Williams, then placed the remains in an ambulance, the procession reformed, and, to a slow and solemn dirge played by the band with muffled drums, escorted the deceased a long way out of camp toward Washington---home -alas--his home no more, and then with open ranks and uncovered heads paid their last respects to the passing dead.

When all was over, the band struck up a lively air, which took our thoughts from the repose of the dead, and turned then to the duties of the living, filed away to camp.

The remains of the deceased, and his effects, were taken in charge of Capt. Bostwick, to whom the committee entrusted their care, and transmission to Vermont.

Respectfully Submitted,
Lieut. Albert Clark, Sec'y
Camp Carusi
April 22, 1863
The Daily Green Mountain Freeman, April 28,1863

Courtesy of Deanna French

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