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Northfield

THE GREAT REBELLION OF 1861

The world never before witnessed such an uprising of the people ! It was as though the whole current of thought and feeling had been changed in a day. Men met on the marts to forget all about stocks and market quotations, to prove their loyalty to the Government. Congregations gathered in the churches to forget creeds and theological differences in their absorbing devotion to the salvation of their country. Women gathered, to forget small talk and social tribulations in the noble enthusiasm ever awakened in woman's bosom when the great emergencies arise. Schools were listless, and the eyes of both teachers and pupils turned longingly to the streets where the people were gathering. The solemn tread of regiments was answered by the acclamations of the gathered thousands who everywhere thronged the highways. Men met friends changed to soldiers, and with a benediction bade them adieu. Fathers, mothers, and sisters sat down to the evening meal to find one chair vacant, and the prayers which went up from that family circle called down God's blessing on the absent one. It was indeed the season of sorrow, but it was also the carnival of patriotism. This world may never witness its like again. Let us pray that an overruling Providence may spare the country from another such a visitation of treason, when citizens shall fly to arms to protect with their lives and fortunes their beloved country.

When the call came booming over the mountains for help to stay the giant rebellion that was grasping at the very throat of the nations, did Northfield hesitate? No ! In that hour it was not found wanting ! True to its loyalty, it responded. "We are coming, father Abraham, " and amid tears and partings it sent its brave boys to the front. O, it will be long remembered, when amid the ringing of bells, the boom of cannon, and the shouts of the populace, the train moved out of the depot carrying loved ones who might never, never return. It was indeed a day to try men's souls; but love of country prevailed over all other considerations, and with a heroic and manly firmness they went forward. All honor to the brave men who, in that hour of tribulation and sorrow, rallied around the old flag, "Shouting the battle cry of freedom. " Honor to the noble women, who bade their husbands, sons, and brothers go and save their country ! May we never forget them.

"When thee, Jerusalem, I forget, skill part from my right hand!"

The citizens of Northfield, through the Rev. William C. Hopkins, presented Captain Boynton a purse of gold containing $500. 00, to assist those who should need help in their new calling South, showing by their generous works that they were not only patriotic but generous and just ! "By their fruits ye shall know them. "

Sunday, April l28, 1861, "The New England Guards" attended services in all the churches in Northfield, viz: In the morning at the Universalist, at one o'clock at the Methodist, at three o'clock at the Episcopal, and at five o'clock at the Congregational. All the churches had special services appropriate to the great occasion.

NEW ENGLAND GUARD OF NORTHFIELD

First Regiment of three months men mustered into the service of the United States, May 2, 1861; mustered out of service, August 15, 1861 :

Captain, William H. Boynton; First Lieutenant, Charles A. Webb; Second Lieutenant, Francis B. Gove; Sergeants, Charles C. Sterns, Joseph C. Bates, John Randall, Silas B. Tucker; Corporals, Wesley C. Howes, John H. Hurley, John L. Moseley, Adin D. Smith; THIRTY-TWO PRIVATES.

According to the Adjutant General's Report, Northfield furnished the following men during the war :

None months men, seventy-four; three years men, one hundred and eighty-eight; one year men, three; re-enlisted, thirty-nine; furnished under draft, twenty-one ' procured as substitutes, seven; entered service, two; United States Navy, seven.

The names, with company and regiment, of each of the above had been carefully prepared by the editor, but was found too long for publication, and was reluctantly omitted.

LIST OF KILLED AND DIED OF DISEASE
A. D. Smith, killed at the Wilderness, May 5, 1864
William J. Howe, died December 7, 1862
Washington Hunt, died January 26, 1862
Newman Amidon, died December 19, 1861
Franklin Averill, died in Andersonville
Kneeland Badger, killed at Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864
William Balch, died October 12, 1862
Orrin Blodgett, died March 5, 1862
Charles W. Blood, died October 6, 1862
Gilbert E. Fisk, missing in action, July 3, 1863
Van. L. Fisk, died _____ 28, 1863
William P. Fisk, died in Andersonville
John Fitzgerald, died September 1, 1862
L. L. Fowler, died October 6, 1862
Alfred Jacobs, died September 2, 1864
Lester Patterson, died December 25, 1863
E. F. Smith, died October 1, 1864
G. Smith, died February 1, 1864
A. Woodworth, October 28, 1864
C. Woodworth, died August 28, 1864
Oscar Maxham, died January 28, 1865
A. O. Ralph, died July 21, 1864
John Norton, died July 21, 1864
Charles Roulston, died January 6, 1862
S. M. Russell, died October 21, 1864
William H. Sturtevant, died May 11, 1863
John Dutton, died August 12, 1862
George N. Willey, died March 22, 1862
S. P. Woodward, died August 15, 1864
C. E. Woodbury, died December 2, 1862
George Young, died February 23, 1863
Herman Dole, died in Rebel Prison
John Dutton, died in Rebel Prison
D. A. Houston, died October 13, 1862
L. H. King, died March 11, 1865
M. A. Locklin, died September 22, 1864
John Taggard, died October 14, 1862
C. Webster, died May 29, 1863
William Murphy, died in 1863
George Rumney, died in 1864
Levi Smith, died in March 1863


Source:

John Gregory, Northfield's First Century: Centennial Proceedings and Historical Incidents Of the Early Settlers of Northfield, VT., with Biographical Sketches of Prominent Businessmen Who have been and are now residents of the town, (Argus and Patriot Book and Job Printing House, Montpelier, Vt., 1878), pp 308-310.