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Barrows, Waldo E.


Age: 19, credited to Dorset, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF
Service: enl 5/10/61, m/i 6/20/61, Pvt, Co. A, 2nd VT INF, pr CPL 11/19/62, kia, Wilderness, 5/5/64

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Birth: 01/1842, Romeo, MI
Death: 05/05/1864

Burial: East Dorset Cemetery, Dorset, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 51071556


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
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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Cenotaph at East Dorset Cemetery, Dorset, VT

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Barrows. Waldo E. Barrows from Dorset, a member of Co. A, 2d Vt., was shot near Spotsylvania court house in the recent battles.

From the first gory field where liberty's
Array met freeman's foe - on all the classic
Ground, trod by the heros of Virginia's wars -
In every sanguinary strife and tedious march -
At Bull Run - Williamsburg - Fair Oaks
and Malvern Hill - Antietam - Gettysburg - and
Last Spotsylvania--thy record has
Been spotless! weep fond parents - and rejoice!
Thy son has nobly lived bravely, and bravely died.
In the bright scroll of honored names, given in
Their country's cause - long as the memory
Of patriot virtue's last - his name shall
Be remembered!

Source: Rutland Weekly Herald, June 2, 1864

Courtesy of Deanna French

A Curious Tidbit

Two seemingly unrelated soldiers, Waldo E. Barrows, Dorset, a private in Co. A, 2nd Vermont Infantry and Gardner Fayette Griffith, Danby, a private in Co. B, 14th Vermont Infantry, have another link to history, aside from their war service. Barrows, who was killed in action at the battle of the Wilderness, May 5, 1864, was the great uncle of Bill Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Griffith, a member of the famous 2nd Vermont Brigade that helped repulse Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg, was Bill's maternal grandfather and his substitute father. When Bill was 17, his grandfather took him to Gettysburg for the 50th Anniversary of the battle. See My Name is Bill. This historical tidbit was provided by Ken.

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