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Ballou, David Sabin


Age: 25, credited to Wilmington, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 9/3/62, m/i 10/23/62, CPL, Co. F, 16th VT INF, wdd, Gettysburg, 7/3/63, m/o 8/10/63

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Birth: 09/30/1837, Monroe, MA
Death: 02/18/1908

Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Newfane, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Edwards
Findagrave Memorial #: 143102684


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 11/6/1879, widow Mariah P., 4/24/1908, 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: "Wounded in the knee during Pickett's charge at Gettysburg. Handed off the company flag to his brother William Mason Ballou. Used his own pocket knife to remove bullet rather than submit to army surgery, which would almost certainly have removed his leg. Developed fever, and was located months later in an army hospital in New York City by his wife" - contributed by Joseph Styles


2nd Great Grandfather of Joseph Styles, Los Angeles, CA

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Woodlawn Cemetery, Newfane, VT

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Family Information

Relationships: Great-Great-Grandfather and Great-Great Uncle, respectively.

These two brothers, sons of Martin Mason Ballou & his third wife, Dencea Sabin, were both born in Monroe, Massachusetts: David on September 30, 1837, William on September 3, 1843.

They enlisted together in the Vermont 16th, and served together in that same outfit throughout the term of their enlistments, from 9/3/1862 to 8/10/1863.

As I indicated a number of years ago, it was to his younger brother William that David handed off the company flag when he [David] was shot in the knee during Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg.

I am Joseph A. Styles, of Los Angeles California. My twin sister and I were given this information about David Ballou by our maternal grandmother (Ellen Sylvia Marcy Waite) who was the eldest grandchild of David Ballou. She was born in 1883, so he lived long enough to see her married (in 1907), and she lived long enough to see the Civil War Centenary, dying in 1982. Our grandmother told us it was a "commonplace" in the family that the two brothers died young--in their 60's--because of the lasting effect of the civil war on their health. Her maternal grandfather (David S. Ballou) suffered particularly with the after-effects of severe dysentery.(which she named the "bloody flux") his entire life after being mustered out.

The information on the two brothers given on the website is correct as far as it goes: but I would like to see each cross-referenced on the other's website. After all, they entered the war together, they remained together throughout as much as they were able, it was to William that David gave the company flag when he was wounded at Gettysburg, and it is probable that David's wife, Polly Maria [always pronounced in the family with a long "I"--sounded as "I" and not "E"] learned David's whereabouts from William.