Theodore M. Carey

Theodore M. Carey enlisted at Montgomery as a private in Co. K of the 9th infantry. He is described as 18 years old, 5 feet 6 inches, fair complexion, hazel eyes, and brown hair. He lists his place of birth as Colchester, Vermont. Prior to enlisting, Theodore worked as a farmer to help support his mother Harriet and sisters, Frances and Lucinda. His father, Seth Carey, died in Colchester on May 7, 1851 at the age of 39.

Three weeks after leaving home, Theodore wrote to his mother:

March 5, 1864

Dear Mother,

I now take my pen in hand to let you know that I am well and hope that these few lines will find you the same. It has been three weeks since I arrived here and have been on duty about every day since and have had no time to write to you. Our regiment had a little fight just before we arrived to Newfort but it was not hard. And the next day after we came here I went out with the boys on a scout but found no rebels.

I wish you would write and let me know if you have gotten my town bounty & the money I sent from Brattleboro. Write and let me know as soon as you get this. My Mother I would like to see you very much and to kiss Eddy for me. Think of me often and write all the news. Please will you send me a few postage stamps.

Mother tell Rendy that I will write to her soon and for her to be a good girl and think of me while far from home. I hope that the day will come that we shall meet in that quite home where war is not. Three years will soon pass away and I shall be with you. Don't worry about me for I enjoy myself first rate. My health is very good and I can stand all duty I have to do. So I will close by bidding good by from your boy,

Theodore Carey

Direct your letters to
Newborn North Carolina
9th VT Reg, VT Vol

On November 10, 1864, Theodore became ill and went into the hospital. He died December 23, 1864 at Fort Monroe Virginia of diarrhea and convulsions.

Inventory at time of death: 1 cap, 1 great coat, 1 pair trowsers, 1 flannel drawers, 2 flannel shirts, 1 pair shoes, 1 pair of socks, 1 pocketbook, 1 vest and $5.30.

He is buried at the National Cemetery in Hampton, VA.

Contributed by Susan Fox, a probable cousin.

Source: Service and Pension Records