Wilcomb, Charles W.
Age: 18, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF, 15th VT INF
Service: enl 8/28/62, m/i 10/22/62, Pvt, Co. K, 15th VT INF, m/o 8/5/63; enl 11/23/63, m/i 12/12/63, Pvt, Co. K, 5th VT INF, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, m/o 6/29/65
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Birth: abt 1844, Littleton, NH
Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Emma M., 6/6/1904, MA
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: Died in Boston, MA
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Charles W. Wilcomb
Charles W. Wilcomb, whose body was brought here from Boston and buried May 11, last, was born in Bethlehem. N.Y., December 1, 1845, and was the son of Daniel P. And Frances M. Wilcomb. He enlisted in Co. K, 15th Regiment, Vermont infantry, and was mustered into the United States service, October 21, 1862, when he was 17 years old. About a year later, he was mustered out of the service, but re-enlisted November 23, 1863, as a recruit in Co. K, 15th Vermont infantry, and was mustered into the United States service, December 12, 1863.
At the time of the battle of Gettysburg, the duty of guarding the ammunition and provision trains was assigned to his regiment. He was wounded in the battle of the Wilderness, May 5, 1864, the bullet lodging in his wallet, which was nearly torn into fragments. The wound was given by a rebel, who rose from behind a log, deliberately leveled his piece upon him and fired. He. However, was quickly revenged, as the right hand man immediately raised his rifle and shot the rebel dead. Mr. Wilcomb laid two days upon the ground without food. He and another soldier purchased a chicken from a negro for a dollar, thus satisfying their hunger. In the course of a week he reached a hospital at Washington, and at that time gangrene seized the wound, and so weakened him that he was insensible for three weeks. It was nearly a year before his joined his regiment. He was mustered out of service June 29, 1865.
May 21, 1868, he married Emma M. Metcalf, who survives him, with two children, Grace M., and Anna M. He was buried under the auspices of the Grand Army, a large number attending the burial services. Mrs. Wilcomb has the sympathy of her large number of friends here in St. Johnsbury.
Source: St. Johnsbury Republican, May 18, 1904
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.