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Wakefield, Henry

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 20, credited to East Montpelier, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF, 17th VT INF
Service: enl 8/29/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. C, 13th VT INF, wdd, Gettysburg, 7/3/63, m/o 7/21/63; enl 9/15/63, m/i 3/3/64, Pvt, Co. E, 17th VT INF, pow, Petersburg Mine, 7/30/64, d/prison 2/20/65, Richmond VA

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VITALS

Birth: 10/19/1840, East Montpelier, VT
Death: 02/19/1865

Burial: Cutler Cemetery, East Montpelier, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 54288263

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, mother Thelmura Templeton, 8/26/1878
Portrait?: 13th History
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
WPA Graves Registration Card indicates that this is a cenotaph.

DESCENDANTS

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BURIAL:

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Tombstone

Cutler Cemetery, East Montpelier, VT

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Portrait

(Sturtevant's Pictorial History
Thirteenth Regiment
Vermont Volunteers
War of 1861-1865
)

BIOGRAPHY

HENRY W. WAKEFIELD volunteered from the town of East Montpelier in August, 1862, and enrolled with Company C. His age on this date was 20. Was one of the three brothers in this company. Henry, like his older brothers, was well disposed, and of the same suitable^ raw material out of which the very best of fighting soldiers was quickly and easily trans- formed into. Christopher and William H. were first class fifers, but Henry preferred to carry a gun and did so, and soon was one of the best shots in the regiment. Henry was a quiet young man, apparently well brought up, and surrounded by good influences at home and in the society where he lived. A genial disposition, kind hearted, respectful and obedient. Was loyal to his comrades and cheerfully divided with them when short of rations or scrip. Physically and mentally he was well equipped for the business of soldiering and was just as well satisfied when on the march as in camp waiting for orders to move. He ever responded to duty when called and fulfilled all expectations. Was mustered out with his regiment July 21, 1863, and returned to his home with a clean record and proud of having served his country when in need. Comrade Wakefield volunteered again in September, 1863, very soon after his first discharge and joined Company E, 17th Regiment. Was taken prisoner at Petersburg Mine, September 30, 1864, and died in prison at Richmond, Va., February 20, 1865. It is supposed his remains were interred in some of the cemeteries near Richmond but no authentic Information was ever received. Thousands who died in Southern prisons are still as to place of burial unaccounted for. See page 186 for this valiant hero.

Source: Sturtevant, p. 512