D. B. & M. W. Ellis
Died at Union Mills, Va.
April 19, 1863
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One more soldier's yielded Fate
One more home made desolate
One more human task is ended
One more form with dust is blended
And the sorrowing parents mourn
Still the death of the first born.
The epitaph, probably written by Mary Ward (Stiles) Ellis, adorns this gravestone of her son, Asahel E. Ellis, Company I, 16th Regiment, in a Dummerston, Vermont cemetery. Next to the stone is a flag-stand that reads "Post 90 GAR." Ellis, and thousands like him, gave his time, his talent, and his future to his native state. It is fitting that we should commemorate this effort by locating, restoring if necessary, and recording the location of these miniature memorials, each speaking as many words about their deeds as many much more elaborate edifices.
"Ah me! not all! some come not with the rest,
Who went forth brave and bright as any here!
* * * *
In these brave ranks I only see the gaps,
Thinking of dear ones whom the dumb turf wraps,
Dark to the triumph which they died to gain."
(Eighth Regiment History, p 246)
JOSEPH PARTRIDGE BRAINERD,
SON OF JOSEPH H. BRAINERD
and his wife Fanny Partridge, a
conscientious, faifhful, brave,
Union Soldier, was born on the
27th day of June 1840, graduated
from the University of Vermont in
August 1862, enlisted into Co. I
of the Vermont Cavalry, was
wounded and taken prisoner by
the Rebels in the Wilderness, May
5,1864, was sent to Andersonville
Prison Pen in Georgia where he
died on the 11th day of September
1864, entirely and wholly
neglected by President Lincoln
and murdered with impunity by
the Rebels, with thousands of our
loyal Soldiers by Starvation, Pri-
vation, Exposure and Abuse."
Joseph Partridge Brainerd