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Senter, William H. H.


Age: 22, credited to Charleston, ME
Unit(s): 6th ME INF
Service: enl 7/15/61, Pvt, Co. H, 6th ME INF, kia, Rappahannock Station, 11/7/63

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Birth: 10/23/1840, Cabot, VT
Death: 11/07/1863

Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Marker/Plot: 13/08873
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery
Findagrave Memorial #: 49311897


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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William Henry Harrison Senter was born in Cabot, Vermont on October 23rd, 1840. The family had only recently moved there from Glover, during the summer or early fall. He was the first child of the second marriages of both his mother, Susanna Chase (Lyford) Hatch and his father, Dearborn Bean Senter. The family was a large one, as both parents had children by their previous marriages, with his mother, having had four children previously, and his father, eight.

In 1850 he was living with his parents and a younger brother on their farm in Cabot and he remained living with his parents in 1860. The family went through some hard times. Census data indicates that at various times, one or more of the children were living with relatives. By 1860, his father was now 70 years old, and was a day laborer, with the value of the family's personal property listed as only $125.

William Senter's family had a long history of military service. His maternal grandfather, John Lyford, served during the Revolutionary War, as did his maternal great-grandfather, Lieutenant Thomas Lyford. His paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Senter, was a lieutenant in the French and Indian War and a lieutenant-colonel during the Revolutionary War. In addition, his three half-brothers, Marshall, Gonsalvo and Jerome Hatch, all served in Vermont regiments during the Civil War.

On July 15th, 1861, William enlisted as private in Company H of the Sixth Maine Infantry Regiment. At the time his residence was listed as Charleston, Maine. His mother had a number of relatives living in Garland, Maine, which was a neighboring town, and may explain why he had relocated to Maine in late 1860 or early 1861.

William Senter was killed in the Battle of Rappahannock Station in Virginia on November 7th, 1863. He was just 15 days past his 23rd birthday. According to the National Park Service, " No Union regiment gained more laurels that day nor suffered higher casualties. At the command "Forward, double-quick," it surged over the Confederate works and engaged Hays's men in hand-to-hand combat. Without assistance, the 6th Maine breached the Confederate line and planted its flags on the parapet of the easternmost redoubt."

On September 19th, 1864, his mother applied for his pension. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

Contributed by Peter Flood.

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