Heath, Henry R.
Age: 18, credited to Richford, VT
Unit(s): 6th VT INF, 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/11/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. G, 13th VT INF, wdd, Gettysburg, 7/3/63, m/o 7/21/63; enl 2/25/65, m/i 2/25/65, Pvt, Co. A, 6th VT INF, m/o 6/26/65
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Birth: 02/14/1845, Richford, VT
Burial: Richford Center Cemetery, Richford, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 41567757
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/19/1890, VT; widow Cleora E., 11/5/1903, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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H. R. HEATH, son of Elisha Heath and Mary Noyes, was born in Richford, Vt., February 14th, 1845. His father was a farmer and so was he. His native town has always been his residence. The war stirred his soul and fired him with patriotism and at the early age of sixteen he enlisted in Richford for nine months. He was retiring and diffident but kind hearted and generous, ever ready to lend a hand to a needy comrade. He was brave and cool in action. At Gettysburg he acquitted himself with credit. On the third day he was wounded in the leg by a piece of shell.
After serving his time in the 13th he again enlisted for one year and was assigned to the 6th Vermont Infantry and rendered faithful service till his discharge. The war ended, he resumed labors on the farm and continued there till failing health compelled him to leave the farm and move to Richford village. Clara B. Smith was the loved one of his choice whom he married March 2nd, 1872. One child blessed this marriage, who survives, unmarried. In his later years he was a great sufferer from rheumatism and often required help to get around. The government was good to him and as health failed him increased his pension till it reached $50.00 per month. His final muster out was on September 4th, 1903. His wife survives him and lives In Richford. To her I am indebted for the above facts.
Source: Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, p. 619
Henry R. Heath, who had been a great sufferer with rheumatism several years, died at his home on South Main street Friday afternoon, September 4, in his 58th year. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, also by a sister, Mrs. Moses Pattee of this town, and a brother, Hiram Heath of Rutland. The funeral was held from his late home Sunday afternoon, Rev. W. G. Scofield officiating. Frontier Post G.A.R. and Camp Culver Sons of Veterans attended in a body. Burial was in the Center cemetery where the impressive ritual service of the G.A.R. was rendered. Mr. Heath was born in this town and always made his home here, most of the time being spent on the farm where he was born. During the civil war he enlisted at the age of 20 and served several months in Co. A, Sixth Vermont volunteers. He had held various town offices, the duties of which he faithfully discharged and in 1890 he represented Richford in the legislature. A devoted husband and father, a staunch friend, and an upright citizen, he is sincerely mourned by all who knew him.
Source: Richford Journal and Gazette, September 11, 1903.
Transcribed by Deanna French