Thompson, Harvey L.
Age: 34, credited to Stowe, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF, 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 9/14/61, m/i 11/19/61, Pvt, Co. I, 1st VT CAV, m/o 6/5/62; enl 12/9/63, unassigned, 2nd VT INF, m/o 3/31/64
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Birth: 1827, Westford, VT
Burial: Underhill Flats Cemetery, Underhill, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 32740527
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Estella, 9/12/1902, VT +"Old War"
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Underhill Flats Cemetery, Underhill, VT
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Harvey ThompsonNEWSDEALER, FEB. 7, 1862
FROM CAMP HARRIS:
Harvey Thompson, a member of Capt. Sawyer's Company, well known as a resident of this town, and once belonging to the regular army, writes from Annapolis on the 29th ult. To Eri Ellinwood, of this village, who permits us to copy a portion of the letter. In speaking of their camp, he say's
"It is the most beautiful encampment I ever saw. Our tents are stockade, and well arranged. The barrackets are nearly completed for our horses and everything seems to prosper. There are only seven sick in the hospital, none, however so seriously but they will probably be able to return to duty soon. We have company drill twice per day; and I think the boys enjoy it well. "
Of the Captain, he says:
"Captain Sawyer has been very unwell, but is now better. Believe me, when I say Capt. Sawyer is one of the best officers I ever served under; and if I ever have the luck to meet the enemy, I hope I shall be led by Capt. Sawyer. There is not an officer in the regiment that looks to the interest of his men, and see's to their wants equal to Capt. Sawyer. " He says that "Lieutenants Flint and Grout are kind and noble-spirited officers. "
Mr. Thompson is now acting as hospital cook. He says: "The extra pay that I get in the hospital is thirty-cents per day, " which, with the drawn from the State, together with the regular soldier's pay makes $29. 00 per month, or $349. 00 per year. He says: "My health is not good, but I intend to stick to my duty at all times. My grandfather was in the Revolutionary war, my own father in the war of 1812, and I served in the regular United States Army at the time of the Mexican War.
On the 14th day of Sept., 1861, I made up my mind to give up my pension to Government, and offer my services to help put down the most cursed rebellion which at that time, and at the present time seems to exist. "
LAMOILLE NEWSDEALER: FEBUARY 21, 1862
FROM THE CAVALRY
Harvey Thompson writes from Annapolis, on the 13th, inst., from which we extract the following, the pressure of the matter not allowing us to copy the letter in full:
KIND SIR: --- Allow me to mention that our Regimental Surgeon, Geo. S. Gale, is one of the most kind-hearted and obliging men that I ever became acquainted with; the same be said of Assistant Surgeon Edson. I will mention that Dr. Fisk, formerly of Hyde Park, Vt. Is our Hospital Steward, and a good one too. Mr. George Brush, formerly of Cambridge, Vt., and late of Burlington, is our Apothecary. Although he yet a mere youth, he is respected by all who know him. Our Wardmaster, Mr. Howard H. Burge, formerly of Bridport, Vt., is one of the best men.
I visited Company I today. Most of the boys seem to enjoy camp life well. Capt. Sawyer in enjoying good health, and looking well. I heard a field officer make the remark, " apt. Sawyer is one of the finest looking officers in the regiment." Orderly Sergeant, C. A. Woodbury is very unwell. He tells me that he means to keep out of the Hospital, if he can possibly do so.
I have seen many regiments, of both regulars and volunteers upon the field in Mexico and elsewhere, yet I never saw a regiment in my life that I think is composed of better material, than the 1st. Vt. Cavalry regiment, I speak of both officers and men.
Courtesy of Deanna French.
Harvey Thompson, long a resident of this village, died in Morrisville Feb. 19, aged 74 years. The remains, accompanied by his wife, were brought here for burial. The services were at the grave and were attended by the members of the G.A.R. and Relief corps. Mr. Thompson was a survivor of the Mexican war and also served in the war of the rebellion.
Source: Burlington Clipper, February 24, 1900
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.