During the four years of war for the suppression of the Rebellion, Norwich furnished 178 different men for the armies of the Union. There were seven re-enlistments, making the whole number of soldiers credited to the town 185. By the census of 1860, the number of inhabitants was 1759. It appears, therefore, that the town sent to the seat of war rather more than one in ten of its entire population, during the four years’ continuance of hostilities. About the same proportion holds good for the state at large, Vermont contributing, out of an aggregate population of 315,116, soldiers to the number of 34,555 for the defense of the Union. Of the 178 men enlisting from Norwich, twenty-seven laid down their young lives in the service of the country. The soil of every southern state, from the Potomac to the Rio Grande, was moistened by the blood or supplied a grave to one or more of these. The town paid the larger part of these men liberal bounties, amounting to about $32,000, in addition to their state and government pay. All calls for men upon the town by the national authorities were promptly and fully met.

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The patriotic response of our people to the expenses and sacrifices of the war was, in general, hearty and emphatic; and yet candor and the truth of history compels us to confess that there were here, as in most other towns throughout the north, a few disloyal spirits who sympathized with the Slaveholders’ rebellion, who denounced the war from beginning to end, and who scarcely concealed their satisfaction when news came of rebel victories and union defeats. The lapse of twenty-five years has stilled the passions of those eventful times, and charity impels us to spare these misguided men the obloquy and disgrace such as an earlier generation visited upon the Tories of the Revolution. It is the easier to do this, since on each recurring Memorial Day we see some of those individuals who, in the dark days of the war, reproached the soldiers of the Union as “Lincoln’s hirelings” and invoked for them “hospitable graves” in the south, now conspicuous in assisting to decorate the graves of those who fell, and in rendering honor to those veterans who still survive. Not to have given a helping hand when one’s country was convulsed by a mighty struggle for existence, not to have contributed their mite in aid of the grand result in which the new birth of the nation was achieved, surely the memory of this were punishment enough for any who may have lived till now to witness (what we all behold) the spectacle of a great people, reunited, prosperous, and altogether free.

Norwich Soldiers in the Civil War, 1861-1865

Volunteers for Three Years

Surname Given Initial Age Reg. Co. Enlistment Remarks
Adams Calvin S. 43 9 A Dec. 30, 1863 Discharged Feb. 25, 1864.
Andrews John 42 17 I June 10, 1864 Deserted July 14, 1864. Arrested and sentenced to three years at Ft. Delaware.
Austin George E. 18 17 F Apr. 12, 1864 Pro. Corp., Sergt., 2nd Lt. Co. D, July 10, 1865. Must, out as Sergt. July 14, 1865.
Beedle Elisha T. 18 17 D Feb. 13, 1864 Wounded. Pro. Cor., May 9, 1865. Mustered out July 14, 1865.
Bicknell William 25 4 B Sept. 2, 1861 Mustered out Sept. 30, 1864.
Bills George 19 6 C Oct. 19, 1861 Died of disease in service, Dec. 2, 1862.
Blood Horace 25 Cav. D Nov. 8, 1861 Discharged May 18, 1862.
Blood William H. 22 6 B Aug. 14 , 1862 Mustered out June 19, 1865.
Bowker John 18 17 H Apr. 16, 1864 Deserted May 22, 1864.
Buswell Albert 42 8 D Jan. 4, 1864 Mustered out June 28, 1865
Carpenter William E. 24 8 D Jan. 4, 1864 Absent sick June 28, 1865. (Date of muster out of his Regt.)
Chamberlin Franklin 25 7 H Jan. 24, 1862 Died at Pensacola, Flu, Dec. 27, 1862.
Clapp Alonzo D. 18 17 D Oct. 7, 1863 Corporal. Died in hospital Oct. 29, 1864
Clough Burchard 27 9 A Jan. 4, 1864 Prisoner, Feb. 2, 1864. Died at Andersonville, June 30, 1864
Colburn William H. 24 3 C June 1, 1861 Killed in battle at Lewinsville, Va. Sept 12, 1861
Coon Almon G. 23 17 D Feb. 11, 1864 Serjeant. Discharged Jan. a, 1865
Coon William H 19 17 D Feb. 11, 1864 Corporal. Pro. Sergeant. Mustered out July 14, 1865
Corey William H. H. 20 6 B Sept 20, 1861 Pro. Corp. Feb. 1, 1862. Discharged Oct. 27, 1862
Crawford Bradford M. 18 17 I June 21,. 1864 Mustered out July 14, 1865.
Currier George 23 9 A Dec. 26, 1863 Died of disease at Ft. Monroe, Va., Nov. 4, 1864.
Currier Lewis 18 7 H Feb. 26, 1862 Died of disease at Carrollton, La., Nov. 10, 1862.
Currier Simeon 23 7 H Feb. 14, 1862 Discharged Oct. 15, 1862.
Curtis George A. 19 Cav. E Oct. 11, 1861 R-enlisted Dec. 28, 1863. Deserted Oct. 19, 1864, Cedar Creek.
Davis Oscar F. 33 9 A Dec. 26, 1863 Prisoner Feb. 2, 1864. Died at Andersonville Sept. 9, 1864.
Doucett Joseph 21 17 D Feb. 17, 1864 Deserted Mar. 9, 1864.
Doyle Erasmus 25 3 F June 1, 1861 Re-enlisted Dec. 21, 1863. Died of wounds May 8, 1864.
Dutton Lewis H. 19 3 C June 1, 1861 Sergeant. Discharged Mar. 24; 1863.
Eastman Charles M. 15 11 D Oct. 20, 1863 Pro. Corp. Mustered out Aug. 25, 1865.
Fowler John G. 3 C July 21, 1861 Pro. Corp. Oct. 2, 1861. Discharged Dec. 26, 1862.
Gadbois Joseph 30 7 F Nov. 30, 1861 Sergt. Re-en. Mar. 8, 1864. Deserted while on Vet. furlough, Sept. 27, 1864.
Gammell William T. 19 17 D Feb. 19, 1864 Mustered out of service July 14, 1865.
Gee Freeman 21 17 I June 23, 1864 Missed in action, Sept. 30, 1864. Discharged Aug. 3, 1865.
Gee George W. 18 17 I July 4, 1864 Missed in action Sept. 30, 1864. Mustered out July 14, 1865.
Gibbs Myron D. 19 6 B Aug. 16, 1862 Mustered out June 19, 1865.
Goddard Charles A. 21 6 B Sept. 18, 1861 Pro. Corp., Sergt. Mustered out Oct. 28, 1864.
Goff Marshall C. 19 17 D Aug. 26, 1863 Prisoner. Died at Salisbury, N. C, Feb. 11, 1865.
Goodrich James B. 25 11 H Aug. 7, 1862 Prisoner June 23, 1864 (Welden R. R.) Died in rebel prison.
Goodrich Leonard H. 28 6 B Aug. 14, 1862 Discharged Mar. 17, 1864. Lost a leg in service.
Hall Daniel 24 6 B Feb. 24, 1862 Re-enlisted Mar. 27, 1864. Mustered out June 26, 1865.
Hall George W. 23 3 F June 1, 1861 Discharged Feb. 26, 1863.
Hartwell Charles W. 20 17 I June 8, 1864 Died Nov. 3, 1864.
Hatch Henry H. 22 3 C June 1, 1861 Corporal. Discharged July 24, 1862.
Hebard Abel C. 24 9 A Dec. 26, 1863 Pro. Corp June 5, 1865. Mustered out Dec. 1, 1865.
Hebard George B 22 9 A Dec. 24, 1863 Discharge for disability soon after muster in.
Hebard James C. 19 6 B Sept. 2, 1861 Discharged Oct. 29, 1862
Hernesy Peter 34 9 F Dec. 21, 1863 Mustered out of service Dec. 1, 1865.
Hilton Joseph L. 22 6 B Sept. 6, 1861 Pro. Corp. Mustered out Oct. 38, 1864.
Hinds Justin G. 21 Cav. D July 29, 1864 Died in Libby Prison, Nov. 16, 1864.
Holt Charles 30 9 I Dec. 21, 1863 Mustered out of service Dec. 1, 1865.
Holland Reuben W. 27 5 H Aug. 28, 186 1 Re-en. Dec. 15, 1863. Wounded May 5, 1864. Mustered out June 29, 1865.
Hopson Allen H. 17 4 B Aug. 7, 186 1 Died Dec. 24. 1862, of wounds received at Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862.
Hopson William H. 21 3 C June 1, 1861 Discharged Nov. 5, 1862. Re-en. Feb. 24, 1864, in Co. F., 17 Regt. Pro. Corp. Apr. 24. 1864. Killed in battle of Poplar Grove Church, Va., Sept. 30, 1864.
Howard Seaver 36 17 H Sept. 24, 1863 Sergt. Transferred to Vet Res. Corps Apr., 1865. Mustered out July 30, 1865.
Hutchinson Alonzo B 26 6 B Com. Capt. Co. B. 6th Rest. Oct. 5, 1861, Honorably discharged July 23, 1863. for wounds received at Bank's Ford, Va., May 4,, 1863.
Johnson Augustus H. 20 6 B Sept. 23, 1861 Died of disease at Washington, Oct. 20, 1862.
Kimball Alpah 23 7 H Jan. 23, 1862 Re-enlisted Feb. 15, 1864. Mustered out Mar. 14, 1866.
Kimball Benj. F. 44 17 D Feb. 26, 1864 Trans, to Vet. Res. Corps. Mustered out July 20, 1865.
Kimball Daniel 31 9 A Dec. 29, 1863 Mustered out of service Oct. 19, 1865.
Kimball Henry H. 19 6 B Sept. 17, 1863 Pro. Corp. Discharged Oct. 4, 1862.
Kimball William A. 18 3 F Sept. 17, 1861 Discharged Dec. 25, 1862. Died at Norwich, Jan. 14, 1863.
Knapp Chas. A. 18 6 B Sept. 5, 1861 Died June 4 X 1864, of wounds received at Spottsylvania.
Knapp Henry W. 21 4 K Sept. 2, 1861 Musician. Mustered out of service Sept. 30, 1864.
Lamphere George 21 6 B Apr. 1, 1862 Pro. Corporal, Sergt. Mustered out Apr. 16, '05.
Low Willard 24 8 Dec. 28, 1863 Mustered in Jan. 7, 1864. Deserted.
Marcotte Alexis 21 9 Dec. 21, 1863 Mustered in Tan. 7, 1864. Deserted. Died in Canada.
McDonald William 22 17 I June 21, 1864 Deserted July 7, 1864.
McNorten Seth 43 17 D Feb. 18, 1864 Mustered out May 25, 1865.
Menoit Clifford 21 9 Dec. 29, 1863 Deserted. Never joined regiment.
Messenger Albert H. 30 6 B Aug. 16, 1862 Mustered out of service June 19, 1865.
Messenger Chas. M. 22 6 B Sept. 6, 1861 Mustered out of service Oct. 28, 1864.
Messenger George 26 6 B Sept. 7, 1861 Corporal, Pro. Sergt. Mustered out Oct. 28, 1864.
Morey George W. 22 9 F Dec. 25. 1863 Mustered out Dec. 1, 1865.
Morey Robert R. 33 9 F Dec. 19, 1863 Mustered out Dec. 1, 1865.
Neal James K. 17 19 A Aug. 18, 1864 Died Mar. 29, 1865, at Hampton, Va.
Noyes Edwin M. 25 3 C May 23, 1861 2nd Lieut, Pro. 1st Lieut. Nov. 7, 1861. Died Aug. 31, 1862.
Nye George W. 34 9 A Dec. 26, 1863 Mustered out Aug. 7, 1865.
Parkhurst Oscar M. 22 4 B Sept. 28, 1861 Re-enlisted Dec. 28, 1863. Pro. Corp Jan. 1. 1864. Mustered out June 12, 1865
Pennock Frederick 18 6 B Mar. 10, 1862 Killed by a shell before Petersburg June 27, 1864.
Piper Merrill J. 18 17 I May 29, 1864 Deserted July 7, 1864.
Ray Edwin R. 22 9 A Dec. 26, 1863 Died of disease Mar. 7, 1864, at Newborn, N. C.
Reynolds George W. 19 17 D Feb. 18, 1864 Mustered out July 11 1865.
Riley Peter 34 9 E Sept. 7, 1864 Transferred to nth Rest. Jan. 20, 1865. Mustered out Aug. 25, 1865.
Sargent Charles A. 22 4 B Aug. 22, 1861 Wounded. Lost a leg in service. Discharged Aug. 25, 1863.
Sargent James M. 22 6 B Aug. 18, 1862 Mustered out June 19, 1865.
Shadick Isaac 18 17 H Mar. 29, 1864 Died of disease Oct. 29, 1864.
Silver George W. 19 6 B Oct. 1, 1861 Discharged Oct. 29, 1862.
Silver Henry 18 6 B Oct. 1, 1861 Discharged Sept. 25, 1862. Wounded.
Slack Ransem A. 20 6 B Sept. 20, 1861 Pro. Corporal. Wounded. Mustered out Oct. 28, 1864.
Slate Henry W. 18 17 D Feb. 25, 1864 Mustered out July 14, 1865.
Smalley John G. 21 6 F June 1, 1861 Discharged May 19, 1863.
Sproat Edward M. 18 4 B Aug. 14, 1861 Killed in action at Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862.
Taylor George W. 26 6 B Aug. 30, 1861 Deserted July 18, 1863.
Taylor Henry 19 9 K Sept. 7, 1864 Deserted October, 15, 1864.
Thompson Bernard 30 Cav. I Aug. 24, 1864 Mustered out Aug. 9, 1865.
Tillerson William 19 6 B July 30, 1862 Transferred to Vet. Res. Corps Sept 1, 1863. Mustered out July 12, '05.
Tracy Fred 18 17 I June 21, 1864 Transferred to Vet. Res. Corps Apr. 29, 1865. Mustered out Aug. 22, 1865
Turner Silas N. 23 6 B Aug. 14, 1862 Died Jan. 6, 1863.
Wallace Martin L. 29 7 H Jan. 19, 1862 Discharged Oct. 15, 1862.
Welch Patrick 26 7 Sept. 8, 1864 Deserted. No further record.
Whitcomb Chas. B. 18 17 I Feb. 10, 1864 Mustered out July 14, 1865
Wilkey James H. 23 10 E Jan. 4, 1864 Transferred to Vet. Res. Corps Nov. 25, 1864. Mustered out Aug. 18, 1865.
Willey Danforth 40 7 H Jan. 28, 1862 Died July 29, 1862, at Baton Rouge, La.
Wright Alexis B. 43 9 A Dec. 29, 1863 Died Mar. 25, 1865.
Wright Thomas K. G. 23 6 B Sept. 6, 186 Corporal. Transferred to 12th Mich Regt. Feb. 20, 1862
Wright John H. 22 6 B Sept. 7, 1861 Re-en. Jan. 5, 1864. Discharged for promotion in 3rd Battery. 1st Lieut. July 26 1864. Honorably discharged May 29. 1865.
Yarrington Harvey J. 31 6 B Aug. 16, 1862 Pro. Corporal June 5, 1865. Discharged May 12, 1865.
Yarrington Horace 23 6 B Aug. 18, 1862 Transferred to Vet. Res. Corps Dec. 14, 1864. Discharged July 1, 1865.
Yarrington Merrill E. 21 9 A Jan. 2, 1864 Pro. Corporal June 5, 1865. Mustered out Due. 1, 1865.
Yarrington William P. 21 9 A Jan. 4, 1864 Pro. Corporal Feb. 18, 1865. Mustered out June 22, 1865.

Volunteers for One Year – Army

Surname Given Initial Age Regiment Company Enlistment Remarks
Bartlett Charles H. 19 7 H Feb. 20 1865. Mustered out of service July 18 1865
Jenks John E. 21 9 I Sept. 3 1864 Mustered out of service June 19 1865
Johnsen James 23 8 I Mar. 11, 1865 Dishonorably discharged and sentenced to 5 years hard labor. May 21, 1865
Terry Julius 34 6 H Sept. 12 1864 Discharged June 3 1865

Volunteers for One Year – Navy

  1. Clough, Thomas S.
  2. Clough, William W.
  3. Colburn, Myron S.
  4. Davis, Frank A.
  5. Gordon, Charles F.
  6. Powers, Chandler W.
  7. Sproat, James S., (Two enlistments)
  8. Waterman, John

Volunteers for Nine Months – Army

Surname Given Name Initial Age Reg. Co Enlistment Remarks
Alger Aaron P. 27 16 H Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Ballard Edwin L. 30 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Benson Levi A. 18 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Discharged Jan. 22, 1863. Died at Norwich Apr. 9, 1864.
Brown John B. 24 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Brown William L. 23 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Caswell Charles 40 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Colburn Richard A. 18 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Converse Charles B. 20 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Corporal. Reduced to the ranks by request.
Currier Daniel Q. 43 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Cutting Orange P. 19 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Died of disease near Union Mills, Va., Feb. 28, 1863.
Danforth William A. 20 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Fowler Lewis H. 18 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Hawkins Henry G. 23 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Pro. Corporal. Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Holt Franklin 18 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Huggett David H. 23 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Hutchinson Edsen 44 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Hutchinson Samuel 36 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Captain. Resigned Jan 3, 1863.
Hutchinson William H. 26 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Wagoner. Reduced to the ranks by request.
Jenne Lemuel R. 37 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Kelley Michael 28 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Wounded at Gettysburg. Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Marcotte Thomas 25 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Discharged Feb. 11, 1863
Messenger Benj. F. 21 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Morris George S. 21 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Corporal. Mustered out Aug. 10, 1863.
Slack Herbert B. 18 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Discharged Nov. 27, 1862.
Swasey Chas. L. 24 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Thurstin George R. 22 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Thurstin Harrison H. 21 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Tracey James B. 18 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Waterman Chas. H. 20 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.
Wood Chas. P. 24 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Pro. Corporal Feb. 1, 1863.
Wood Rodolphus W. 35 16 K Sept. 15, 1862 Mustered out of service Aug. 10, 1863.

Furnished Under the Draft of 1863

Entered Service

  1. Shattuck, Samuel W. 22. Adjutant 8th Vt. Vols. Oct. 20, 1863. Pro. Capt. Co. H Nov. 24, 1864. Wounded at Cedar Qreek, Oct. 19, 1864. Mustered out June 28, 1865.

Procured Substitutes

  1. Neal, James L.
  2. Pattrell, Oscar L.
  3. Walker, Daniel A.

Paid Commutation

  1. Bartlett, Edson
  2. Johnsen, Albert R.
  3. Turner, N. G., Jr.
  4. Burton, Henry C.
  5. Sargent, William
  6. Waterman, William T.
  7. Currier, Ambrose B.
  8. Strong, Calvin

Enrolled Men Who Furnished Substitutes

  1. Blanchard, Asa
  2. Bradley, Edwin
  3. Bradley, Hial
  4. Slack, George W.
  5. Lyman, Augustus P.