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Freeman, Edward

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 19, credited to Colchester, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/6/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. D, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63

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VITALS

Birth: 05/02/1843, Colchester, VT
Death: 05/27/1922

Burial: St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 64021631

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/17/1882, VT; widow Alice, 6/8/1922, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
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: 13th Vt. History off-site

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Tombstone

St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski, VT

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BIOGRAPHY

EDWARD FREEMAN.

In answer to your kind and welcome letter will be pleased to tell you all about my old army days. I would have answered sooner but it was because I never received circulars No. 1 and No. 2. I enlisted in the United States service as private under/ Capt. William D. Munson, in Company D, 13th Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry, September 6, 1862, Brattleboro, Vt. The regiment was equipped with the latest pattern of Springfield rifles, was mustered into the service October 10, 1862. September 11 left for Washington, arrived there on the 13th and went into camp on East Capitol Hill, where on the 27th it formed a part of the 2nd Vermont Brigade. We at once went into active service and I participated in the following battles: Fairfax Court House, Va., December 28, 1862. There we were called out at midnight to meet a large force of rebel cavalry under command of General J. B. B. Stuart. We fired a few volleys with rifle and cannon and made them retreat and that was all of that fight, and while at Fairfax Court House we had a pretty good time, stealing hoe cakes and sassafras beer and kissing the country girls. That was all the fun I had in Fairfax and from there marched back to Camp Vermont, near Alexandria and stayed there a few weeks and then marched down to Union Mills near Bull Run battlefield, where the Vermont troops in two great battles retreated to avoid capture. We remained here about a week and were ordered back to Camp Vermont and stayed there a week or two and from there ordered to Fairfax Court House where we remained until January 20, 1863 and then marched to Wolf Run Shoals where we remained until spring. This was a bad camp yet we had some fun and plenty of picket duty. The right wing had a snow ball fight with the left. The left won the honors. We stayed at Wolf Run Shoals about ten weeks and then marched down the river Occoquan near the village and had a great time there fishing and playing ball and pitching horseshoes, etc. We were now and then around the farmers' houses stealing chickens and drinking milk and had a great time with the girls. I had a fine little girl by the name of Violet and came pretty near marrying her and that was the end of my fun I had in that part of the country. I can remember the battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1, 2 and 3, 1863, and after the battle my comrade shot a rebel right in the head because he would not give up his gun. After the war I married Alice Goiett, both of Colchester Point; have been married thirty-seven years. We have two children now. adopted, one's name is Albert Paridice and the other Leo St. John. Albert, aged 23; Leo, aged 15. Leo is a school boy. His great grandfather was at the battle of Waterloo.

From Comrade Edward Freeman.

Source: Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, p. 528