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Crowell, Philo J.
Age: 23, credited to Hyde Park, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF
Service: enl 8/8/61, m/i 9/16/61, Pvt, Co. D, 5th VT INF, wdd, 6/5/64, wdd, 6/5/64, dis/wds, 2/3/64
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Birth: 06/1838, Johnson, VT
Burial: Village Cemetery, Hyde Park, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 2/22/1864; widow Mary A., 5/23/1888, VT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: ME
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Village Cemetery, Hyde Park, VT
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LAMOILLE NEWSDEALER: NOVEMBER 8, 1861
LETTER FROM THE SEAT OF WAR
The writer of the following very readable letter will be recognized as one of the 5h regiment, who went from this town, in Capt. Benton's Co. He was formerly in the employ of Mr. Crane, of this village. In calling for boots and gloves, he doubtless expresses a want that is, or soon will be felt by all our volunteers in that regiment. Let us not forget them, Boots, gloves, or mittens, will probably add more to the comfort in cold, muddy weather that anything else we could send them, stockings not excepted.
CAMP GRIFFIN: OCT. 24,1861
DEAR MOTHER, BROTHER, and SISTER:----I received your kind letter the 24th, after coming off from picket. I have been on picket three times since I wrote you before. I am well, and tough as can be expected. I think I stand it better than they will average in the company. I am sorry you are lonesome, and I would like to see you all very much. I received a letter from Rhoda, and one from Sophronia the same time that I received yours. They are all well, and Rhoda is keeping house again. She did not write any news, and I have not got any of any consequence to write you. Our troops have gone out this morning to take Fairfax Court House to-day; and I guess they will do it. I met them this morning when we were coming from picket; It was before sun-rise. We get up at 2 o'clock in the morning when we go on picket, and march two miles , and I relieve the picket that is on; and then they stay until it is day-light, and then they come back into camp. We have to take our knapsacks with us, and everything we have got. We have got three coats now --- an over coat, and a dress coat, and a coat that we wear every day. We call it a blouse. It was a cold night last night, and to-day the wind blew cold. I want you should write what kind of day it is where you are. I bet it is the coldest here today. Mother, we have got to have some boots to wear here; and I have been thinking about that it would be a good plan to have some made, and sent. I was up to the 2d regiment yesterday, and William said he was going to have you send him a pair; and I want you should get me some made, and send them with William’s. I want a good pair of Calcutta boots, tap soles, with heel irons on them. You go to Joseph LaPage or William R. Smith, and have them make me a pair. You may pay for them if you can, and I will send you money as soon as we are paid off; and that will be soon. You have them made as soon as you can; for it is muddy weather, and the mud gets into our shoes and makes bad work. I should soon have the rheumatism, getting my feet wet. Our other clothes are good and warm --- good drawers and woolen shirts. I want you should send me my gloves. We need them here. It is cold out on picket in the night.
We had a Brigade drill yesterday. I tell you it looked splendid, to see 6000 to 8000 men on march, and hear the music of the bands-- one to every regiment. You never saw such a sight; William has got so he is pretty smart and is on duty. I saw a piece of the Newsdealer that praised the 3d regiment pretty well; but you don’t know what the 2d regiment has don, if you don’t give them some praise. They have done a great deal more work than thee 3d, and are the smartest regiment there is in the Brigade, and ours is next. Maj. Gen. Smith gave us the praise of doing the best of any regiment in the brigade yesterday. You would liked to have seen us charge bayonets. The whole brigade was drawn up on a line then we charged on a double-quick; and our regiment was ahead of all the rest of them. Some of them fell down; and it would have made you laugh to see them. It looked splendid. I was on picket and they fired shells over y head. One shell burst within 5 rods of us in the air. It made us jump some. We got out of the way and let them pass. We could hear the report of the cannon and then we could hear the shell, as it passed by; and then the shell would burst. It would make as much noise as it did when it came out of the cannon. We were somewhat startled when the first shell burst over our heads. I should like to go to some of those parties this fall, but I don’t see as I can. Give my love to all enquiring friends, and tell them I am coming home one of these days. Moses Emerson has got over the measles, so that he is around, but is not on duty yet. I must close, as it is getting time for dress parade. Be sure and have the boots made and send us soon as you can, put the gloves in the boots. You will have to pay the express on them before they start. It won’t be much. Send them with Williams. So good by for this time.
From your son, and brother, P.J. Crowell
Philo J. Crowell, who lost an arm at the reconnaissance across the river at Fredericksburgh, is now employed at Armory Square Hospital. He sends a copy of the first number of the Hospital Gazette, a small paper just started by the invalids in the hospital, at 50cts a year.
Source: Lamoille Newsdealer, January 20, 1864
Submitted by Deanna French
In Hyde Park, Jan. 10, Philo J. Crowell.
Source: Vermont Chronicle, January 26, 1883.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.