Booth, Cassius M.
Age: 19, credited to Essex, VTVITALS
Birth: 08/07/1843, Essex, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Village Cemetery, Essex, VT
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(13th Vermont History, p. 280)
CASSIUS M. BOOTH, second son of Samuel C. and Eunice (Woodworth) Booth, was born in Essex, Vt., August 7, 1843. Educated in the common schools and Academy of Essex. Enlisted from Essex, Vt., September 10, 1862, as a private in Company F, Kith Regt., Vt. Vol. Inf. Mustered in the service of the United States with the regiment at Brattleboro, Vt., October 10. 1862. He was a person liking excitement and as a soldier preferred active duty rather than staying in camp. An expert forager he had many close calls in borrowing from the enemy or their friends, when rations were short or a need of changing the diet. Scouting in the enemy's country is always considered hazardous duty. Private Booth was taken quite sick at Camp Occoquan and refused to go to a Hospital and requested to be allowed to remain in quarters, which was granted and he was soon able to do light duty. June 25Jth when the regiment started on the Gettysburg campaign being convalescent was detailed as guard to the wagon train, obeyed orders and performed the duty in a faithful manner as any good soldier would. Mustered out with the regiment at Brattleboro. Vt., July 21 1863.
Again entered the service, enlisting October, 1864, as ordinary seaman in the Volunteer Navy, Mississippi Squadron, under Commodore Foote, was assigned to duty on the gunboat General Thomas of the Upper Tennessee Fleet, of which Captain Gilbert Morton was commander; was promoted to Pay Master steward and acting in the capacity of assistant paymaster on the gunboat. Officer Booth was in all of the engagements that the gunboat General Thomas took part in. Captain Morton highly complimented Officer Booth for his coolness and bravely in action, valuable service as a volunteer scout, and meritorious conduct during his term of service. Honorably discharged from the naval service June 25, 1865.
Married Miss Julia Hunt, of Essex. Vt., November 21, 1865. A member of Sherman Post 86, G. A. R. A faithful official in the Customs service for many years, he was serving as deputy collector in charge of the port at Alburgh, Vt., at the time of his death which occurred June 24. 1903. Mr. Booth leaves a wife and daughter living at the village home at Essex Junction and two sons that reside in Burlington, Vt. Funeral exercises of Cassius M. Booth were held on the afternoon of June 26, 1903, in the Congregational church at Essex Junction, Vt., there being a large attendance of friends, relatives, members of his Post, delegation from Stannard Post G. A. R., and Custom House officials from Burlington, The services at the grave in the village cemetery were in charge of R. S. Sherman. Post, G. A. R.
The following is an extract from Captain Gilbert Morton's letter to the Burlington Free Press April, 1883:
All of Hood's batteries and his whole army were between us and Decatur at the foot of the bend four miles distant, not a shot or shell passed through our magazine, only a few bursting on board, as we were going, passed them at the rate of fifteen miles an hour, but our upper works were riddled with musketry. They could not get our range. Now I had a little experience during that unpleasantness, entering the service early in 1861, was in nearly every engagement on the upper river, from Fort Donaldson to the close of the war, and passing those batteries was the hottest place I was in during the four years. C. M. Booth, of Essex, was entitled to much credit tor his coolness and bravery both before and during the action. We were patrolling the river to watch Hood's army and learn if possible where he was going to cross the river. Booth volunteered to act as scout and crawled through brush near enough to the enemy's line to watch his movements. Booth went night after night, always choosing the darkest, and returning to the gunboat at daylight, when we would start oft a messenger with the information to General Thomas's headquarters. In this way Booth brought the first news that General Hood with his whole army were moving down the river. One of General Thomas's officers carried the information to headquarters at Huntsville and telegraphed the information bringing back the thanks of the commanding general to the gunboat for our vigilance in patrolling the river and for valuable information given, with order for us to proceed at once to the assistance ot General Granger in command of the post at Decatur. We spoke to a transport above Decatur who reported in these words, 'Captain, you cannot go to the assistance of General Granger, for Hood's whole army and batteries are in the bend.' Said I in reply. 'There is no better place to sell these two gunboats than right here. I am ordered to go to General Granger's assistance and I am going. You follow me.' She was close to our heel and close to the rebs. but we were going so fast that they could not keep our range, but half an hour hesitation and Hood would have gobbled up General Granger. When I reported to him after silencing the batteries nearest the Union lines, he said to me, 'Captain, if you had been sent from Heaven, you couldn't have come in a more opportune moment, for the enemy has taken all my outer works.' General Hood says in his report, 'Late in the afternoon the enemy leaving received reinforcements of his gunboats, I considered it would cost too dear to force a crossing here.' Before dark the rebs were out of sight, and that night sunk four of the same class of gunboats as our own, which undertook to fight them lying at anchor. Without Booth's information we should not have known in time to have rendered General Granger the needed assistance. Records report little about the action for reason as Rear Admiral S. P. Lee, U. S. N., wrote me this winter, because his flagship was destroyed by fire before they were sent to Washington.
Cassius M. Booth served in the navy under this enlistment until the close of the war, and took active part in all the engagements connected with the gunboat General Thomas, and was again honorably discharged from the service June 25th, 1865.