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Harriman, David Elkins


Age: 39, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 3rd VT INF
Service: enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, CPL, Co. C, 3rd VT INF, pr SGT 10/2/61, dis/dsb 7/18/62

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Birth: 08/18/1822, Peacham, VT
Death: 01/23/1910

Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 119730273


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/1/1870; widow Huldah A., 2/10/1910, 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: None


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Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT

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David Elkins Harriman was the father of Turrell Elkins Harriman, who would enlist in the 8th Vermont Infantry two months later.

Transcribed by Michelle Arnosky Sherburne, 2020


Page 1

Lewinsville on Camp Griffin Oct 27-61
Dear Son,
I received Mothers &
Marys letter of the 22 and 23. I am sorry to hear
you have all got the measels.
I am well & rugged feel Some reumatism
in the morning but I can Stand it
we are where we were when I wrote last
expecting every day to have orders to
march to fairfax Court House -
The Vermont 6th is here and I find a
good many boys I know
Cousin Arch Harriman is in the
regiment a fifer. Jack Somers
F. Jones, D Merrill and Some others
that I Know. They came into camp
after Dark and our regimente made
them some coffee and they had to
lay on the ground without tents
the first night it was a verry cold
night it froze for the first time

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Since we came to Virginia The
boys looked Sorry the next
morning they expected to find a
verry warm climate but the
nights are colder here than any
you have seen in Vermont this
fall. The Second night after they
came about 11 Oclock there came an
order for every man to have 40
rounds of cartridge & They thought
there was a going to be a fight
right off - some of them was
scared to death There was an
alarm that an attack was a going
to be made it proved to be an
false alarm & we have a good
many such They will get used
to it in time. They had a fight at
Leesburg the other day and our
troops whiped them and drove
them back it was a small force
of our troops that had the fight
the papers dont tell one word of

Page 3
truth so you need not depend on
them I had a letter from Alvin
the same time I got Mothers
he says he has bought a farm
in Cabot & he wants you to go &
live with him this winter you
may do just as Mother thinks
best, I want you My Dear boy to
listen to Mother and do just as
she wants you to do. ask her counsil
before you take a step always -
you are getting to be a large boy
and ought to begin to think of
being a man. You know Gen
Washington asked counsil of his
mother after he was General
be a man my son let me hear
from you once a week & I will
answer all your letters Keep good
company & I should like to have
you go to school and learn
all you can don't let Vic get
ahead of you. I could not get

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paper to send this week I
will send you one as soon as I
can get one you write to me and
tell me how you are agoing to
your boots and shoes this winter.
I feel worried about my Dear
ones at home for fear they
will want this cold winter
I should like to see you all
I have just come in from
meeting we have a sermon every
Sunday. You must go to meeting
every Sunday and I know you
will If I request you to
I thank Mary for her letter I
know this dear child loves her
father and I wish I could hear
her sweet voice once more
my sheet is now full & I must
close My Love to Mother & all
the children and I remain your
most affectionate & loving