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Reed, Ephraim Smith


Age: 22, credited to Fairfield, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 3rd VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. C, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 2/15/62, m/i 4/12/62, pr CPL, 3rd VT INF, pr SGT 11/1/64, m/o 4/22/65

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Birth: 05/13/1839, Fairfield, VT
Death: 07/23/1917

Burial: Bradley Cemetery, Fairfield, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 15464313


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 9/8/1879
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: None


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Bradley Cemetery, Fairfield, VT

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Ephraim S. Read

READ, Ephraim Smith, Born 1 May 1839, Fairfield, Vt., third child of Charles Rensselaer Read and Sally Smith Read. A member of the Ransom Guards, he enlisted in the 1st Vermont Infantry, 2 May 1861, was mustered in 9 May 1861 and assigned to Company C with the rank of private; mustered out with his Regiment 15 August 1861.

Reenlisted 25 February 1862 in the 3rd Regiment, Vermont Infantry, mustered in 12 April 1862; and assigned to Company B with the rank of private. Present with his regiment in New York City, due to the draft riots (See letter, below). Promoted Corporal; promoted Sergeant, 1 November 1864; mustered out 22 April 1865.

Married Hennietta Sturges. Incomplete family record show one son, Charles J. Read, born 31 October 1866.

After the war owned and worked a large farm "adjoining the railroad station," East Fairfield, Vt. Died 23 July 1917; buried Smith Cemetery, Fairfield, Vt. Grave site marked by a large, hard to read, Obelisk styled marker.

Note: In some military records listed as REED.

A New York City Letter

Wednesday 3, [8?] 1863

Dear Father

I think you had better delay your journey to New York at present. If you come here I cannot see you and it will cost a good deal of money to live here in the city a great while.

I will send you my likeness that I have just got taken and I will send one to Sara and one to Ren's. I don't know if you will know me but I guess you can make out who it is.

Please write often
your Son

The three "likeness" mentioned are yet to be found.

Letter submitted in memory of Norma Read St. Peter, grand-
daughter of Ephraim S. Read

HISTORICAL NOTE: To restore civilian authority in New York City after the
Draft Riots of July 1863 the War Department sent troops
into trouble areas. Ephraim S. Read went in with his regiment,
the 3rd. Vermont Infantry, and then wrote the above letter to
his father, Charles R. Read of Fairfield, VT.

Sources: Revised Roster; Blodget, "Burial Records of Vermont Adjutant General," personal recollections of granddaughter, Mrs. Norma Read St. Peter.

Contributed by Ken St. Germain