Bruce, Harvey N.
Age: 25, credited to Pomfret, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 16th VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, SGT, Co. B, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; comn CPT, Co. G, 16th VT INF, 9/4/62 (10/12/62), m/o 8/10/63
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Birth: 06/29/1836, Pomfret, VT
Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Woodstock, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jeannette Sawyer
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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Alias?: None noted
Portrait?: VHS Collections
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Great Grandfather of Jeannette Perkins Sawyer, Bridgewater, VT
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Riverside Cemetery, Woodstock, VT
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Vermont Officers Reunion Society Collection
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society
(Paul & Eileen Campos)
Harvey N. Bruce, son of Harvey Bruce and Betsey Doten, was born June 29, 1836, in Pomfret, Vermont.
He enlisted May 2, 1861, and mustered in as 4th Sergeant, Company B, 1st Vermont Infantry, May 9, 1861. He mustered out with the regiment on August 15, 1861. He enlisted again, September 4, 1862, was commissioned Captain of Company G (the Barnard Company), 16th Vermont Infantry, October 12, 1862. His company participated in the famous repulse of Pickett's Charge at the battle of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863. Captain Bruce mustered out with his regiment August 10, 1863.
In 1863 and 1864 he served as a representative from Pomfret, VT in the Legislature. He was sitting in that body at the time of the "St Albans raid" and was elected 1st lieutenant of the company that was raised to go to its relief.
He was a justice of peace, selectman, and superintendent of schools in Pomfret, Vermont. He was a Commander of the GAR Sheridan Post in Woodstock, Vermont, and the George J. Stannard Post in Vermont City, South Dakota and New England City, North Dakota. While traveling to the Northwest to select sites for a colony of old soldiers where they could get their government land and found a town, he, as manager and with others on the committee, the two previously mentioned towns.
In December, 1879, Harvey applied for a military pension (certificate #307,423). In 1880, he was living in Barnard, Windsor County, Vermont, with his wife Abbie (Crowell) Bruce, two daughters and his father-in-law. Harvey died November 30, 1903, and is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Woodstock, Vermont. His widow subsequently applied for a widow's pension, December 23, 1908 (certificate #594,313).
Revised Roster; Benedict's "Vermont in the Civil War," Aldrich's "History of Windsor County, Vermont," pension index from www.ancestry.com, genealogical information from www.familysearch.org; photograph courtesy of Paul & Eileen Campos, woodcut and other material contributed by Jeannette Perkins Sawyer, Harvey's great-granddaughter.