Brown, Ezra Harvey
Age: 23, credited to Waterville, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: enl 10/1/61, m/i 2/18/62, CPL, Co. A, 8th VT INF, reen 1/5/64, pr SGT, pr 1SGT 12/14/63, comn 1LT, 12/13/64 (2/1/65), m/o 6/28/65
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Birth: 05/24/1838, Danville, VT
Burial: Danville Green Cemetery, Danville, 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, 11/8/1890, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Danville Green Cemetery, Danville, VT
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Ezra H. Brown
LAMOILLE NEWSDEALER: SEPTEMBER 2, 1862
From The 8th Regiment
The following was written by a young man formerly in the employ of Geo. Carleton, of Cambridge
ALGIERS, LA., AUG., 19, '62
FRIEND CARLETON: --- I received your kind letter last night, and will hasten to answer it. It is a very pleasant morning, but the sun is now coming out which will soon dispel the fog, and then we have to take the scorching. For a week past we have had very cool nights and mornings, but the middle of the day is enough to ment a man's hat on the top of his head. The health of the regiment is improving. We have lost none out of our Co., and for about three weeks. Before that we lost our 2d Lieut Rand; our 2d Sergeant, and three privates. There was a while that we had to bury from one to three every day. On the other side of the river, in other regiments, they died full as fast. They don't make any more of a dead man here, than they do of a dead horse in Vermont. The Wagoner of Co. H, was killed on the cars a few days ago. He was standing on the cow-catcher, when they run into some cars that were standing on the tracks, and injured him so he died in about two hours.
Our co. has been called back from up the railroad, and another co. detailed in place of it. They kept up there five weeks, 'till they liked to have killed us all off. A good many of the boys had the fever and ague,'till they like to have shook the hair all off their heads. Several of them are in the hospital with it now, but most of them have got it broke up. Our Orderly has just come along since I commenced this and told me he had received his commission this morning. He is promoted to 2d Lieut. in our company.
The companies up the road are stationed in the same place they were when I wrote before. All they are doing is guard themselves. They have had a hard fight up the river at Baton Rouge, but you will probably get the particulars in the papers before you get this.
The 7th Vermont Regiment was in the fight a short time, what were able to be. They have seen pretty hard usage. I expect at that time they could not muster over three or four hundred men for duty. There sick have been brought down here to the city. Some of them are over here in our camp every day. From what I hear, martin Roby is in good health. I have not seem him since we left Ship Island. He had a pretty hard time of it there, but I guess he has got climated now so he will stand as well. John Chayer who had his finger and thumb shot off is doing well. His hand is getting along nicely. He will probably get his discharge when they get around to it, but it takes a might while for the wheel to turn down here, and when it gets to going it goes like the devil.
I declare George, I can't think of anything to write this morning. Oh! Yes, I can, they have recruited one whole regiment over in the city, and appointed the officers. They are mostly northern men. Some of them are taken out of our regiment and some out of most all the regiments around here. It is called the 1st Louisiana Regiment. They have started the 2d regiment over there, and it's filling up pretty fast. One regiment of them is worth two of our northern down here. They will stand double of the fatigue duty in the hot sun, that our men can. My health has not been very good for some time past. I am not very sick, but yet I am a good ways from being well. I have done no duty for some time, not I don't think they will get much out of me, 'till I feel better than I do now. If I was up in Vermont I could cure myself up in a short time, but there is a vast difference between being sick at home. I have heard that they have gone to drafting up there. If that is so I am sorry, for though there are some in that part of the state I would like to see come out, yet I have many friends that I do not wish to get into the harness.
Our living at present is good as I ever expected to get, and I don't think the boys ought to find fault with it. We have good soft bread all the time now, with meat twice a day, beans twice a week. Rice or corn meal pudding twice or three times a week. Coffee twice and generally three times a day. But I will close for this time.
Submitted by Deanna French.
8th Vermont Infantry Regimental History