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Lee's Mill/Dam No. 1/Burnt Chimneys, April 16, 1862

Vermont units present/engaged:

2nd Infantry
3rd Infantry
4th Infantry
5th Infantry
6th Infantry



Adgate, Eleazer B.
Axtell, F. Channing
Ayers, Dana C.
Babcock, George C.
Backum, John C.
Bailey, Andrew A.
Bailey, Charles Francis
Bailey, James
Barney, Mason
Batten, Albert James
Beeman, Lewis N.
Bellows, Ruluf L.
Benson, Madison J.
Biscorner, Mitchell
Bishop, Jeremiah
Bishop, Jerome
Blakely, Roger T.
Blodgett, Lorenzo W.
Bovatt, Peter
Boynton, Austin L.
Briggs, Lucius E.
Brown, Ephraim
Buckley, John M.
Bush, Sidney J.
Bussell, Hiram D.
Butterfield, John H.
Campbell, David Jr.
Carey, William W.
Carpenter, Lucius
Cenneville, Felix
Chandler, Edward Aiken
Colburn, Chandler E.
Connell, Philip
Connell, Thomas
Conner, James
Connery, James
Cookman, James
Dana, Stillman Foster
Danforth, Sewell
Daniels, Thomas
Davenport, David B.
Davis, Martin Warner
Davis, Wesley
Dibble, David J.
Dodge, Edwin R.
Downer, William H.
Dunshee, Warner Bradley
Duphany, Antoine
Dyke, Calvin
Ellis, Daniel Rodney
Emmons, William H.
Fairbanks, Luke Bowen
Fales, John W.
Farr, George V.
Ferris, Jones W.
Fisk, Van Loren M.
Fuller, Ephraim H.
Fuller, William
Garrow, Solomon
Gerard, John
Gibson, William M.
Goddard, Elisha M.
Godfrey, William W.
Gould, Page
Gove, Edwin Ruthven
Graves, Luther
Graves, Nathan W.
Green, William H.
Grimes, Franklin Norton
Grout, Austin
Hammer, Truman T.
Hancock, William Burr
Harris, John P.
Henry, William
Hill, Chester K.
Hill, Henry C.
Hogan, Daniel
Houghton, Horace A.
Hoyt, Albert J.
Hurd, William L.
Hutchinson, Alonzo
Ingram, Charles W.
Jackson, Frederick K.
Jones, Daniel S.
Kelley, John
Kibbie, George W
Kinney, Edwin R.
Knapp, C. H. Pitman
Lebay, Joseph
Lunge, Carlos
Macuin, Daniel
Mayo, Isaac
McCarty, James
Metcalf, Frank O.
Morrill, Franklin G.
Morse, David Milton
Morse, Ira E.
Murdick, Newton I.
Murphy, Thomas Parish
Niles, Jason D.
Niles, Stephen B.
Noyes, Annas C.
O'Neil, John
Oakes, Joseph
Page, Charles H.
Page, Francis A.
Parker, George Andrew
Pasha, Antoine
Patch, Alfred H.
Perry, Edward A.
Perry, Jacob Fullam
Persons, Archie M.
Pingree, Samuel Everett
Pollard, Henry Z.
Reed, Alonzo C.
Reynolds, Edwin F.
Reynolds, Thomas
Rising, William Heman
Robinson, John Randolph
Rowell, Richard H.
Royce, Charles H.
Russell, James W.
Sabine, Alistine M.
Savery, John H.
Scarbo, Midor
Scott, William
Shepherd, Daniel P.
Shepherd, Mason C.
Shepherd, Oliver S.
Simonds, Joseph A.
Smalley, John G.
Smith, Clark W.
Smith, John
Smith, Jones Milton
Snay, George H.
Squires, Edwin D.
Stevens, Orlando C.
Sweetland, Samuel
Talbot, Lewis E.
Thayer, Rodney R.
Thomas, Frank J.
Thompson, Samuel
Turner, Charles Sylvanus
Utton, Edmund E.
Vance, Walter P.
Vincelett, Trifley
Wales, Lucius W.
Wales, Samuel W.
Walker, Hiram
Waterman, Ezekiel D.
Wells, Charles W.
Whitcomb, Emerson E.
Whitcomb, Willis
White, Henry Jamon
White, Joseph
Whitney, Cyrus O.
Whittier, James John
Willey, Alonzo F.
Wilson, Amos H.
Wilson, Don C.
Wilson, Jeremiah Emery
Wilson, Richard
Wood, Louis
Woodard, Dana C.
Wright, Alexis Bicknall
Wright, Edwin C.


At Lee's Mill, April 16th, where the other regiments of the brigade received their first baptism of blood, the Second (Vermont Infantry) was held back as a support, and lost but two men. (Footnote: William Fuller of Co. F., killed outright by a piece of shell, and John H. Savory, Co. B., mortally wounded. He died of his wound two days after. (Source: Benedict, i:101)

Benedict, Chapter 11

The Vermonters At Lee's Mill


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 Battle, In Brief

The engagement known as that of Lee's Mill, was a notable one, as being the first assault on an entrenched line made by the Army of the Potomac, as an exhibition of remarkable bravery in the troops engaged, and as one of the bloodiest actions, in proportion to numbers engaged, in which the Vermont troops took part during the war. It was also one of the most useless wastes of life and most lamentable of unimproved opportunities recorded in this history. (Read further...)


site of initial attack made by 3rd Vermont Infantry

Site of the initial attack made by the 3rd Vermont Infantry

Parrot gun and ammo wagon

Parrot gun and ammo wagon.

Additional Confederate earthworks

Additional trenches in the Confederate earthworks.

Newport News, Va., City Park has preserved a good portion of the battlefield, as evidenced by the photographs above. Photographs courtesy of Erick Bush, 3rd-great-grandson of Private Michael Stack, 12th Vermont Infantry and Daniel Westford Sullivan, 1st Vermont Cavalry.

Additional Readings

Bravery at Lee's Mills

"Among the incidents of the fight at Lee's Mills, Va., on the 16th of April, 1862, was the recovery from a fever of Sergeant Fletcher, of Company E, Third Vermont, on the sick list, and excused from duty, and the use he made of his temporary health. He crossed the stream and went through the fight; then, on his return, was among those who went back and rescued the wounded. On his return to camp he went into hospital, and resumed his fever, with aggravation.

"John Harrington, a beardless orphan boy, of seventeen, unarmed, went over and rescued out of the rifle-pit a disabled comrade.

"Lieutenant Whittemore commanded Company E. This officer, with his revolver, covered Harrington in his hazardous expedition, and killed several rebels who aimed their pieces at they boy. His most intimate friend in the company, private Vance, had been killed in the rifle-pit. Whittemore, enraged with sorrow, burst into tears, and seizing the dead soldier's musket, stood over him, and threatened death to any who should retreat; and then stooping down, he took cartridge after cartridge from his friend's box, and killed his man with every fire -- raging with a divine fury the while.

"Among the phenomena of the fight was the condition of the uniform of Captain Burnett, of Company K, Third Vermont. It had eight bullet holes in it, one through the collar of his coat, one through the right coat sleeve, one through his pantaloons below the left knee, one through both pantaloons and drawers above the right knee, and four though the skirts of his coat. There was not a scratch upon this man's skin."

(Source: Waite's Vermont in the Great Rebellion, pp 278-9.)

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