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Cheney, William J.


Age: 24, credited to Stowe, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/7/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. D, 11th VT INF, m/o 6/24/65

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Birth: 05/08/1838, Stowe, VT
Death: 03/09/1906

Burial: Riverbank Cemetery, Stowe, VT
Marker/Plot: 5
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 166234937


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/13/1877; widow Fanny C., 3/19/1906, VT
Portrait?: Stowe Veterans, 1906
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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Riverbank Cemetery, Stowe, VT

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William J. Cheney



MR. EDITOR: --- Many times I have thought that I would write a letter for your paper, but have never set myself about it until now, we are pleasantly situated about four miles from the capital, in a northerly direction, occupying three forts, viz: Massachusetts, Slocum, and Totten, which are about one mile apart. There are four batteries (or companies) at Fort Mass, viz: B.C.D. and I, under command of Lieut. Col. Benton; also, the hospital is that post. Going East a mile, you come to Fort Slocum, which is the headquarters of the regiment, you will find stationed there four batteries,viz: E.F.G. and H., under the command of Col. J. M. Warner. From thence you go another mile East and come to Fort Totten, where there are two companies,viz : A. and K., under the command of Maj. George E. Chamberlin. Our regiment is favored with very good officers, especially colonel and surgeon. They are fine men, at least so considered by the regiment.

Our regiment is rather sickly now; diseases most prevalent are fever, measles, and diptheria. Our hospital numbers now sick, thirty-five. We have four large hospital tents, with floors, stoves, bed-steads, and nurses in plenty; so that I think the sick are well cared for. Perhaps I should not be called a good judge, being one of the nurses myself, though I think most of them think as I do. It is not expected that they can be cared for as they would be at home, where but one or so sick at a time, and in one place. I think that by reports from other hospitals, that ours is kept in rather the best shape of any on the outskirts of Washington, the general hospital not excluded. In the first place we have the very best surgeon that Vermont is capable of furnishing, he understands his business so well that he needs no one to interfere with what he calls his business, and that is to see that the sick are well taken care of. He makes two visits daily --- morning and evening --- and more if necessary, to prescribe for his patients. He has two assistants which he calls competent to look after the companies sick, so that he does not leave unless it is on city business or for the regiment. We attendants think him very attentive to his duty, although he has had many things to oppose him. He has been advised by as good officers as we have got in the regiment to resign his commission and go home; but I admire his grit, for he plainly told them he would not; so they called for an examination. At last he was called before the board of medical examiners, in company with twenty-six others, twenty of which were thrown out, and of the seven he came out best, leaving him the best of twenty-seven. The officers then thought they had better let him alone and dry up. We feel pretty well now. He said he thought he would let them know that he should do as he liked about resigning. They do not find any fault with him now; but what Surgeon Kidder says is about right.

We have lost out of the hospital since we left Vermont, eighteen, in little less than six months; there has been eight wounded and one killed, so we think we have done well for the 1st Vt. Artillery,

Wm. J. C.

Submitted by: Deanna French.


Morrisville Messenger: March 16, 1906

The funeral for William J. Cheney, announcement of whose sudden death, on Friday, March 9, was made in last weeks issue of the Messenger, was held at the Congrgational Church in this village, on Sunday afternoon, following a brief service at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chandler Watts, where Mr. Cheney died. The service was conducted by Rev. H. A. G. Abbe, assisted by Mystic Lodge 56, F.A.M., the members of which attended in a body, and carried the rituial service for the dead. The members of H. H. Smith Post G.A.R. also attended in a body. The bearers were Mr. Cheney's sons, Charles of Craftsbury, Reuben of Morrisville, and his brothers, George of Morrisville, and A. H. of this town. The burial was at Riverbank Cemetery.

William J. Cheney was born in Stowe in 1838, the oldest son of W,R. and Olive Savage Cheney. He enlisted in the 11th Vermont Regiment in 1862 serving nearly three years as a nurse. He married Miss Fannie Sherwin in the same year. Since his return the greater part of his life has been spent in Stowe. He leaves besides his wife, two sons, Charles Cheney of Craftsbury and Reuben of Morrisville, two sisters, Mrs. Olive Corliss of Orford, N.H., Mrs. Jane Watts of Stowe, two brothers, George Cheney of Morrisville, and A. H. Cheney of Stowe.

Submitted by: Deanna French.