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LaDue, Henry Hardy

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 20, credited to Alburgh, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/11/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. K, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63

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VITALS

Birth: 06/04/1842, Alburgh, VT
Death: 04/09/1912

Burial: Riverview Cemetery, Williston, ND
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 182134244

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/15/1880; widow Myrtle, 8/1/1912, ND
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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Riverview Cemetery, Williston, ND

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Biography

HARDY H. LADUE volunteered from the town of Alburgh about the 10th day of September, 1863, and joined Highgate Company, and was present, as I recall, when company officers were elected, September 11th. There were four others from Alburg, his associates. Hardy at this time was 20 years old, five feet nine inches tall, well built, muscular and . active and his occupation was that of a blacksmith. He was In age, physical make-up and otherwise well adapted to the life he bad volunteered to take part in. Was pleasant and jovial, had a kind and gentle disposition, but did not care to have his toes purposely stepped on, and it persisted in, that left hand would come out to remind you to be a little more careful. All knew that it would not do to push Hardy too much or too often, even Corporal Chadwick was careful not to give occasion for offense in his official relation or otherwise.

Comrade Ladue was on hand when duty called him. He was stationed on special duty at Fairfax Station for about two months, returning to the company about March 14th, while we were still in camp at Wolf Run Shoals. He and Butler and Sergeant Manzer, who had been at the station claimed to have had pretty good winter quarters, light duty and quite a pleasant and comfortable time. They were stationed where they could take the cars any day for Alexandria and Washington. I called on them on two occasions on my way from Camp Wolf Run Shoals to Washington. Their tent at the railroad station was a sort of a hotel for Company K boys on their way to and from Washington, often staying over night with them and surely we were always welcomed, and the best the house afforded was cheerfully divided. The latch string always hung out at their tent. This hotel was only an A tent calculated for four, but six or eight could be accommodated in case of storm or other necessity. Hardy was a good entertainer and was bubbling over with fun and laughter nearly all the time when awake. It seems to me now as I recall individually the boys of Company K none seemed to enjoy the outdoor and army life better than young Ladue. He was sick for a day or so occasionally with disease incident to army life. I think he had the measles, camp itch and jaundice; most of us did, but he found no fault with such trifles. Was generally all serene when plenty of rations at hand and not too much marching and sleeping on the cold, wet ground without tents.

He stood the seven days' march to Gettysburg as well as any of Company K, and reached there as fresh as any. He was a good forager and he and his associate, Henry Butler were able to buy or appropriate more than most of us, and therefore was in pretty good condition for the fight when we reached the battlefield of Gettysburg. Hardy was no coward for all the day long, July 2nd, he was under fire, and on the 3rd during most of the cannonading of that day, which was fearful where our company and regiment were, but his sympathy for his comrades in distress was ever quick to respond and ready to assist. About noon on the last day of the battle during a brief cessation of flying and exploding shell, one of our number, Edward Gorman, was taken suddenly ill and was suffering cramps and awful pains in the bowels and was rolling about on the ground, Hardy came up to Captain Blake and reported Gorman's case and asked what could be done. Captain Blake observed Gorman's condition to be as reported, and hesitated as to what could be done. Hardy pointed to an ambulance some twenty rods to the rear and Captain Blake said, "Take him to that ambulance as quick as possible and return, for we are liable to be called on to charge any minute." I saw Hardy deliver Comrade Gorman inside the ambulance and my attention was then called to a caisson that exploded just at our left and rear, and this made quite a commotion, for a number were killed and many wounded. The air was so filled with smoke that the ambulance and Ladue were hidden from view. We were immediately ordered to advance a few rods to a rail fence breastwork that had been built by orders during the forenoon under charge of Sergeant George H. Scott of Company G, and from that time on the air was pretty full of shot and shell and no one cared to run about very much unless in response to orders; then none seemed to hesitate.

General Pickett's charge followed, and the fight was over with the going down of the sun. On the next day Hardy said after he placed Comrade Gorman into the ambulance, he attempted to return to his company, but owing to the blowing up of two or three caissons nearby him and the shell came so fast, could not find his way back to the regiment. It had moved and he could not tell where to go, but found a protected place and there remained until dark. The boys chided Hardy good naturedly when he returned and did not fully accept his reasons for not returning. Hardy did not show any resentment, for at that time it would not have been prudent to do so, but laughingly said in reply, "Well, I would rather be a live coward than a dead hero." The matter was there dropped, for no one could say it was different than explained by Comrade Ladue. Hardy fell in with the company on the march in pursuit of General Lee's fiying army and seemed anxious to overtake the foe and have another opportunity to test his courage in another battle, and I am confident if he had been given another chance would have remained with his company, no matter how hard and bloody the contest, but on the 10th while at Middletown, Md., received orders to start for home, our time being out, hence none of us had any chance to show courage or redeem damaged reputation. Young Ladue was mustered out with the regiment July 21st, 1863, and returned home. He followed his occupation of blacksmith for a number of years and finally became an engineer on a railroad, and has for many years past been employed in the railroad service as a reliable and courageous engineer. The last I heard of Comrade Ladue he was in Chicago, 111. He is supposed to be alive.

Source: Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, p. 739-40

Obituary for Henry Hardy LaDueObituary for Henry Hardy LaDue Thu, Apr 11, 1912 – Page 1 · Williston Graphic (Williston, North Dakota) · Newspapers.com