Battles, William T.
Age: 26, credited to Rockingham, VTVITALS
Birth: 03/06/1834, UnknownADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Saxtons River Cemetery, Saxtons River, VT
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MILITARY FUNERAL AT SAXTONS RIVER
There were deeply interesting and solemn exercises at Saxtons River on Sunday last, it being the occasion of the military funeral of William T. Battles, of the First Vermont Company of Sharpshooters, who died in camp at Washington on Monday, Jan. 6th. His body arrived at this place on Saturday last and that evening it was taken to Saxtons River. The Home Guards of that place, Capt. Atcherson, of which the deceased was formerly a member. and the Westminster Cornet Band, who with patriotic kindness, volunteered their services for the occasion, were present and did escort duty. The military first formed at the academy and then marched to the home of the deceased and after prayers marched to the Baptist Church, the body being borne by soldiers detailed for that purpose. The church was filled to overflowing, a very large number, of course, being unable to obtain seats. Rev. Mr. Wilbur delivered an excellent discourse from 1st Samuel, 20th, 3d: "There is but a step between thee and the grave", showing the extreme brevity of life, and the importance of preparation for death, and every one present could not evince the emotions of their hearts, thus proving the truth of the speakers remarks. At the close of the services the corpse; which was in military uniform, was exposed to view for all present, and then escorted to the grave by the military. A section of eight soldiers fired three volleys over the grave and thus closed the interesting, but solemn, and impressive exercises of the day. It was the largest, and we presume the first military funeral ever held in that place or this town. It is estimated that one thousand people were present. Much credit is due Capt. Atcherson for the manner in which he conducted the procession, and also to the Westminster Band for their excellent music.
William T. Battles went to Saxtons River some four years since, where he married the only daughter of Mr. Thomas C. Howard, and lived with the family 'till he enlisted into the 1st Vermont Company of Sharpshooters last summer. He was 28 years of age at the time of his death.
He was a carpenter by trade, and has always borne a reputation of strict integrity and good morals; in business always attentive and industrious. As an instance of industrious habits, we may state that while in the army, and off from military duty, he worked at his trade, for which he was allowed forty cents per day extra. He was an expert with a rifle, and when the Sharpshooters were called for felt it his duty to enlist, and did so against earnest entreaties of his wife and the rest of the family, but he said his country needed his services and he must go. His wife seemed from the first to have an impression he would not survive, and we now recall an affecting scene in the village as she separated from her husband at the depot last summer, while on his way to the seat of war. As they were strangers to us, it has passed from our mind 'till recalled by the painful circumstances of which we are writing. Mr. Battles was first taken sick with the measles, and had partially recovered, but took cold, which resulted in his death.
We understand the chaplain of the regiment has written a letter to the widow, relative to his last sickness, which is full of hope and encouragement --- stating that Mr. B. was fully reconciled and happy in anticipation of death, and expressed his readiness to meet his blessed Jesus. Thus has he passed away gloriously, while in the service to his country, and, thus, too must we add another victim to this most wicked rebellion. May God comfort the widow and the family from which he belonged!
Bellows Falls Times, January 1, 1862
Courtesy ofDeanna French.