Allen, Ephraim E.
Age: 37, credited to Morristown, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF, 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/8/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. E, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63; enl 8/21/64, m/i 8/21/64, Pvt, Co. D, 5th VT INF, m/o 6/19/65
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Birth: 10/03/1822, Unknown
Burial: Laporte Cemetery, Morristown, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 14528937
Alias?: None noted
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: Son of Isaac
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Laporte Cemetery, Morristown, VT
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Ephraim E. Allen
Source: Lamoille Newsdealer: February 12, 1863
FROM THE 13TH VERMONT REGIMENT
H. Ferrin, of Morristown, gives us permission to make the following extract from a letter written to himself, by E.E. Allen, a member of the 13th regiment from that town, dated at Wolf Run Shoals, on the Occoquan, Va., Jan. 28th
Ford's Old Mill
Wolf Run Shoals, VA, 1863
My health has been excellent since I have been in Virginia. I have been subject to colds and coughs on account of the change of atmosphere, and laying on the damp ground. Otherwise than a Virginia cough I never felt better than since I have been in the service.
We arrived in Washington the 13th of Oct. Our first camp was on East Capital Hill, 1 mile from the Capital. We staid there three weeks, and crossed over into this state, to Camp Seward, about 8 miles, and staid there three nights; then marched 11 miles to Camp Vermont, through Alexandria, within 5 miles of Mt. Vernon; staid a few days, and marched in a rainy, dark night 12 miles, and was 10 hours in doing it; stopped a few hours in the rain, and marched all that day and the next, to Union Mills, near Manassas, staid there 9 days, marched back to Camp Vermont, stayed a week, marched to Fairfax Court House, staid 5 weeks; and one week ago yesterday marched to this place---10 miles--- reaching here at noon. Remember that in all these marches we carry fly tents, knapsacks, and all our clothing, blankets, blankets, over-coats, guns, haversacks, one day's ration, all our accoutrements and 90 rounds of cartridges. The first time a man puts this load on he cannot stand 10 minutes without being in pain, almost unendurable, but we got accustomed to it. I have stood all the marching well, with Christian fortitude and pious resignation. A man is never tired of doing well; or subjecting himself to discipline for the sake of their country. The sanctity of his calling is his stay amid all disasters. I believe a true soldier can give up his life with the cheerfulness of a martyr of the cross in olden times; and have the same conscientious devotion to his country that has been exhibited in early history for the Christian religion. I am happy to think that my duty and patriotism to my country was sufficient to overstride and ride down the thousand and one little frivolous objections that presented themselves to me as I thought of enlisting. I believe that fear was never entertained on my part as an objection; but there were many obstacles to surmount before I could think of leaving my family, that was defendant on me for the comforts and conveniences of life. All these had to be considered, and I believed I weighed them duly, and chose properly; time is now the only arbiter.
It has been the lot of the Vermont brigade, to which we are attached, to see no hard fighting as yet, but we have been in exposed territory, where the liabilities have been favorable for encounters, and I trust if the conflict occurs it cannot be said that we are degenerated sons of the noble dead, that have made the history of our State renowned for its bravery in the past, in all conflicts with the enemies of our common country. This brigade will make a fair comparison with any in the field for vigor, strength and intelligence, and are considered equal to the emergencies that they may be called upon to pass through. We are now in a healthy location; a hilly country, covered with timber, with no bottom land. There are high banks each side of the river, and rather poor soil; not cultivated. Our last encampment was surrounded with a beautiful agricultural country; not tilled. Level fields spread out in all directions, and I rejoice to say that the whole country of Eastern Virginia is latterly trodden under foot by the hordes of loyal Northern men, that can be seen by the thousands at all hours, with gleaming bayonets and polished guns, bidding defiance to the oppressor of human Freedom. Oh! It's joy to my heart to see the desolation that is told by the fields, the countless stacks of chimneys, without houses or barns to tell of their disloyalty; miles of country, without inhabitants or a single length of fence or a cultivated patch of ground; all this proves where the war is felt with all its appalling weight.
You may wish me to give you my feelings with regard to the cause I am engaged in. I am almost afraid to, it is so different from what it was when I was at home. You know I could never see the virtue that existed in the Abolition doctrine. I can now see it in all its shining glory, as the only true sentiment that the North should live and die for. I now see the curse of slavery, in all its enormities. I have seen a class of people living in enslavement with a degraded class of whites, and having no chance to prove their capacities with each other. I here state as my solemn conviction, having formed judgment by actual experiments, by myself made, that the capacities for self government are entirely on the side of the blacks of Virginia today. They have more natural wit, keenness, and general intelligence, and you can depend on their word; on the other hand, the Virginians are a deceitful, worthless ignorant set, incapable of communicating with you on the most common or general topics of the day. They live and die without knowing the distance to the nearest village or ever seeing it. This is the shady side of the picture, that we know nothing of the North. If you ask them a question you cannot depend on their word the least. The negroes will tell you honestly. There are no schoolhouses here to teach the youth the first lessons of either manners or literature. They generally are very ignorant. This is all to be charged to slavery. The manner of tilling the land, is, at yet, behind the North. The architecture in constructing buildings shows the line of slavery in all cases. The war is waged by the South for no other purpose but to perpetuate the system. All the prisoners taken by us tell the same story to the question," What are you fighting for?" " We are fighting to not be subdued, and have our slaves taken from us".It is impossible to make a rebel believe we are fighting for any other purpose than the Freedom of the slaves, and I hope that is what we are fighting for. I am of the opinion that the contest will never be settled until slavery is destroyed. When I say this I am not unmindful of the fact' that the North can lose all the battles and three men to the South one, and annihilate the fighting population of the South; and still have as many men left as the South commenced with. It may not be necessary to do this; I hope not; but if necessary, I hope the whole fighting population of the North will be precipitated upon the South; a war of extermination proclaimed; and desolate the country with fire and sword, until the whole are exterminated. I have my reasons for thinking the war will continue for years to come. There is not a healthy sentiment in the North. They must drink the dregs of misfortune. They will eventually rise to the standard that will give them the proper impression of the magnitude of the conflict. They will then unite as one man, and present a front that will ride down all opposition The end will approach. The North is nor aware of the fact that history furnishes no instance of an insurrection or revolution that took one fourth of the man of means, that this country has already employed to put down the rebellion, and what has it accomplished? We have only commenced. Blood and treasure is still being called for. Let the North know that victory is sure to incline to the side that brings up the strongest and most numerous battalions. I think the justice of our cause gives us strength to our arms. Numerical strength is all that can be depended upon in this contest.
Courtesy of Deanna French.
13th Vermont Regimental History