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Bodett, Peter


Age: 18, credited to Salem, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: enl 12/9/61, m/i 2/18/62, Pvt, Co. B, 8th VT INF, d/dis 8/7/62

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Birth: abt 1843, Salem, VT
Death: 08/07/1862

Burial: Chalmette National Cemetery, Chalmette, LA
Marker/Plot: 70-5670
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Dan Taylor
Findagrave Memorial #: 10165460


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
Portrait?: Unknown
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: None


2nd Great Granduncle of Robert Raasch, Niagara, WI

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Chalmette National Cemetery, LA

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Peter E. Bodett Jr.

Just eight months before Peter, Jr. enlisted, he wrote the following letter to his father, who at the time was living in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. It is interesting to note that one week after Peter Jr., died, his father, Peter L. Bodette, Sr., volunteered as a private with Company B, 28th Regiment Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers, and served until he was mustered out in 1865.

West Derby April 2nd 1861 Dear Father I have of late found out where you live. I never did know until last week and I have been deprived of knowing what part of the West you are in. I have asked uncle Eli a good many times where you lived and he would not tell me but I found out by the way of the Post Master I was used pretty hard while I was there and I have worked out a year and he has had the most of my earnings. Now I want to know if he has a right to collect my wages I want to go and learn the BlackSmiths Trade next winter and I want to get me some cloths I want to here from you soon and I want you to tell mew hat I shall do. you tell mew here Sister Mary is now and if she is married or not. I have hired out for the Summer I have $10 per month, I want you to write as soon as you get this you direct to West Derby VT. send it to Nathaniel C. Cole for if you put my name on uncle will get it and I shant. I dont want uncle to know anything about it.
So good by Yours truly
From your Son Peter Bodett Jr.
P.S. I am to work for N. C. Cole and you direct the letter to him and I shall get it. P. Bodett, Jr.[1]

From his Military file: Peter joined for duty and enrolled the 9th December 1861 at Derby Line, Orleans County, Vermont, for a period of three years.

When he mustered in at Camp Holbrook, Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont on 18 February 1862 he was described as age 18, 5 feet & 4 inches tall, dark complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair. Peter gave his place of birth as Salem, Vermont and his occupation as farmer.

Private Bodett served with Company B, 8th Regiment, Vermont Volunteer Infantry until his death at Algiers, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, from Typhoid fever on the 7th of August 1862 (Some records say died 8th August). First buried at Algiers, his body was later re-interred at Chalmette National Cemetery, Chalmette, Louisiana.[2]

Baptized Pierre Eli on 6 March, 1844, in Granby, Province Quebec, Canada.[3]
Original place of burial was Cypress Grove Cemetery, New Orleans.[4]


1 - Private archives, Robert Raasch, Box 42, Niagara, Wisconsin 54151.
2 - Military records for Peter Bodett, Company B, 8th Vermont Infantry, National Archives, Washington, District of Columbia.
3 - From research by John Earl Boudette, 2071 Quailwood Lane, Spring Hill, Florida 34606.
4 - Chalmette National Cemetery Records, 365 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.

Contributed by: Robert Raasch, Niagara, Wisconsin, 2nd-great-grandnephew of Peter Bodett Jr.