Burtch, Fayette W.
Age: 27, credited to Westford, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 8/23/62, m/i 10/10/62, 4SGT, Co. A, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63
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Birth: 07/16/1834, Burlington, VT
Burial: Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, IL
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/11/1890, IA; widow Fannie S., 10/26;/1912, IL
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: 13th Vt. History off-site
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SERGT. FAYETTE W. BURTCH.
I was born in the town of Westford, Chittenden County, State of Vermont, July 16, 1833, and was at the date of enlistment 27 years of age, volunteered from Westford and counted on the quota for that town under President Lincoln's call for 300,000 nine months' men. My education was principally in the district schools of my native town and my occupation a carriage painter. My early lite was in a back town some ten miles from a railroad and among the thrifty and sturdy farmers that were loyal and true to home and country and were aroused to a fighting condition when our flag was fired upon at Fort Sumter, April 12, 1861. There was quite a squad of as fine young fellows as ever carried a gun enlisted when I did and all joined Captain Lonergan's Company A, which 1 never had cause to regret. I was among the fir.st to volunteer at this time, and I recall the date as August 16, 1862. We from Westford were disappointed because our candidate was not elected as second lieutenant on the organization of Company A, but so far as I ever knew, all generously accepted the will of the majority and took our positions in the ranks and did the best we could. Captain Lonergan was a good fellow and a brave man, but some of us Westford boys thought him strong headed when he assumed to command the regiment in the presence of Major Boynton and also refusing to attend Divine Services with his company.
Evidently he was a little jealous because he thought Company A had not been duly recognized for promotion. My service was rather uneventful for I was sick a considerable of the time. The life of a soldier was too strenuous and I necessarily became better acquainted with Surgeon Nichols and Crandall and suffering by disease in hospitals than marching and fighting. I returned and was mustered out with the Regiment July 21, 1863. Since my return from the army I have been engaged in general painting business, 10 years in Iowa State Library at Des Moines as assistant, lived in Des Moines some 30 years but now re-settled in Chicago, 111. I went west first to Chicago soon after my discharge and after being in Iowa some thirty-two years returned to Chicago, and here I expect to spend the remainder of my days.
Of course it would afford me great pleasure to visit the scenes of my childhood and take my old comrades of Company A by the hand and talk over the old days when we were soldiers. Many of these of Company A that I loved and honored have passed to their reward. A few only, now old and feeble, remain to tell the story of the noble part taken by the 13th Regiment on that great battlefield of renown and glory, Gettysburg. I say to my surviving comrades, who I hope will read this article, "God grant you may live long and die respected." I wish I might see you one and all and have the pleasure of attending one of our reunions before I am called to join the silent majority. "Dame Fortune" has been quite good to me and though now 74 shall once more I hope, see the green hills and fertile valleys of dear old Vermont and see my dear comrades of the old 13th Regiment at its next annual reunion. I think I would then be willing to be finally mustered out and go to my reward to mingle forever with comrades and friends on the eternal camping grounds of Heaven. I am proud of Vermont because of her men and women, her influence in the affairs of the nation and of the heroic boys of 1861-5 that valiantly followed the stars and stripes through the perilous battles of the Civil War and patriotically done their full share of fighting to save the nation from destruction. I extend to all my comrades of the bully 13th a cordial invitation to call and see me; the latch string is out and the door swings in at 709 E. 61st St., Place, Chicago, Ill.
FAYETTE W. BURTCH.
Source: Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, p. 439