Age: 18, credited to Berlin, VT
Unit(s): 3rd VT LARTY
Service: enl 11/30/63, m/i 1/1/64, PVT, 3rd VT LARTY BTRY, d/accident, 8/8/64 (see remarks)
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Birth: abt 1845, Franklin, NH
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, mother Sally, 8/15/1868
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: CMSR: Patient in Emory Hosp., Washington, DC, Mar. 11, 1864, returned to duty July 13, 1864.
War Dept., AGO Office, Washington, Aug. 29, 1878: "Accidentally shot at Camp Distribution, Va., date or circumstances not stated, and died at that place from that cause August 8, 1864."
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Letter from Rev. Norman Camp to Hon. David M. Camp.
Augur General Hospital,
Near Rendezvous of D st.,Va., Aug. 10, '64.
A young man was shot near here, accidentally, Aug. 8th, through the head and brought here dead, and I buried his remains yesterday. He and a comrade were scuffling, and in the midst of it the musket was discharged and hence the sudden death. He belonged to to the 3d Vt. Battery, was single, and aged 18. He resided in Montpelier, Vt., before enlistment, and was born in Vermont. His name was Francis Emerson.
No P.O. address was given me, so of course I cannot write to his family or friends. I write to you to inquire, if you know, or can hear, of any such person in Montpelier. If not, will you get some one to make inquiries of the Adjutant General of Vt., who perhaps has name and P.O. address.
Of so, please let them know the particulars of his death: - that his grave is No. 231, 9th row, in the "Soldiers' Cemetery," near here; and after Oct. 1st, next if desirable, the remains can be disinterred and sent home – not before Oct. 1st.
Source: Vermont Watchman and State Journal, August 19, 1864
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.