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Wakefield, Christopher H.
Age: 24, credited to East Montpelier, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 8/29/62, m/i 10/10/62, MSCN, Co. C, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63
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Birth: 1838, Unknown
Burial: Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
Marker/Plot: Lot 776
Gravestone photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 27710266
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 11/12/1888, VT
Portrait?: VHS Collections, 13th History
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: 13th Vt. History off-site
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Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
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CHRISTOPHER H. WAKEFIELD
I was born in Montpelier, Vt., September 3rd, 1838, son of Elias and Relief Eddy (Ormsby) Wakefield. Enlisted from East Montpelier August 29th, 1862 in Company C as fifer and on the organization of the regiment at Brattleboro was placed on the right of drum corps which place was held by me during my term of service. I well remember our leaving Camp Vermont at 9 p. m., November 25, marching through rain and mud for "Union Mills, and our return December 5th through a storm of snow and sleet. The appearance of Camp Vermont that night was anything but pleasant for camping. Several of us secured lodgings in a negro shanty on the plantation of Mr. Johnson near by exchanging coffee for hoecakes which the negroes baked. After a hearty supper we had a fine night's sleep on the floor. I married Mary E. Warren, of Middlesex, May 28, 1864; of this union there are three children, all of whom are living, Fred J., Nora E., and Jennie W.
C. H. WAKEFIELD.
Comrade Christopher H. Wakefield resided in Swanton about ten years and therefore had an opportunity to know him quite well in civil life and often talked over the old days when camping and marching and doing duty on the picket line between Bull Run Battlefield and the Potomac river. He was a fine musician and good carpenter and joiner, of good habits, a genial disposition, a quiet, peacable and reliable citizen. His only daughter married the only son of Hon. Henry A. Burt, of Swanton, and is now living in the town of Pickerel, Neb., as the widow of H. A. Burt, Jr. Comrade Wakefield died in Montpelier Vt, ------- 190-. His brother, W. H. H. Wakefield, of Company C, died May 3, 1905. They freely offered their lives for the preservation of the Union. All honor to these brave sons of the Republic. May the generations that shall dwell in our beloved state emulate the patriotism of her brave sons that volunteered at Country's urgent call to fight the battles of the Union.
R. O. S., Edt.
Source: Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, p. 490
MR. WAKEFIELD'S DEATH Christopher H. Wakefield passed away at noon today from the effects of a paralytic shock suffered three years ago. He was born in East Montpelier Sept. 3, 1838 and since that time has lived in Swanton, Morrisville and Montpelier. He was a carpenter by trade and for the last eight years owned the butter box factory in this city. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Nora Burt, of Pickrell, Neb., and two sons, Fred, of Chicago, and James of Morrisville, his wife died three years ago. Mr. Wakefield enlisted in Co. C, 13th Vt. Vol., and was a nine months man, being a musician. His brother, William, was a drummer in the same company. During the Civil war a fife of solid silver was presented to him by his company and it will be placed in the historical rooms at the State House. He belonged to the Masonic lodge of Morrisville.
Source: Montpelier Evening Argus, December 8, 1908.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.