Emery, George A.
Age: 35, credited to Irasburg, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/6/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. F, 11th VT INF, pow, Weldon Railroad, 6/23/64, Andersonville, tr to Millen, GA, d/prison 9/15/64
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Birth: 09/26/1828, England
Burial: Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, SC
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Cenotaph: Eden Corners Cemetery, Eden, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 52518957
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Mary B., 8/8/1865
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)
Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career
2nd Great Grandfather of Natalie Whalen, Perry, FL
2nd Great Grandfather of Claire Emery, Gilmanton, NH
2nd Great Grandfather of Ken Gervais, Portland, OR
2nd Great Grandfather of Trent Perrotto, Brandon, FL
5th Great Grandfather of Ian Gervais, Redlands, CA
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Beaufort National Cemetery, SC
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Cenotaph at Eden Corners Cemetery, Eden, VT
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Mary B. Emery
News & Citizen: MORRISVILLE,VT. April 4,1906
WOMAN IN THE CIVIL WAR
(From the Burlington Free Press)
Mrs Mary B. Emery of Stowe is probably the only woman in this vicinity who served in the Civil War. Mrs. Emery was formerly Miss Mary B. Carter of Searsport, maine. and was of patriotic descent, her grandfather, Joseph Carter, having served five years in the Revolutionary War. Her husband, George Emery was a sailor.After their marriage they came to live in Eden, Mr. Emery's former town.
On Aug.6,1862, Mr. Emery enlisted in Company F., 11th Vermont Regiment, from Irasburg. He was mustered into service at Brattleboro in September and was stationed with the regiment near Washington for nearly two years. In early spring of 1864 he sent for his wife to join him. Disposing of her household goods, and taking her six children, the eldest thirteen, and the youngest two years of age, Mrs. Emery went to Fort Thyre (Thayer), where her husband was then stationed. In less than two weeks after her arrival her husbands regiment was ordered to the front, and with the regiment he fought in the Battles of Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor and Fredericksburg, and was in the skirmish at Weldon Railroad, where with many of his comrades, were taken prisoner on June 23rd, and was sent to Libby Prison, and afterward to Danville, and finally to Andersonville, where he died of starvation in the fall of 1864.
After Mr. Emery's capture, Mrs. Emery, being left without means of support, was appointed to serve as laundress for the company then stationed at Fort Thayer, and as the company was entitled to two laundresses, Mrs. Emery, assisted by the older children, secured both appointments, and received two soldiers rations.
She washed for many of the soldiers, besides washing for the colonel's family and other officers.
During the summer she was quite sick for some time, and the washing was done by the children. During her illness she was tenderly cared for by a colored woman who lived near her.
In the fall she moved to Fort Saratoga and lived in a stockade building until January 1865, when Mrs. Baxter, wife of the Vermont Senator,induced her to return to vermont., giving her some money and securing her government transportation near as Waterbury. She returned to Eden, where she supported her family by hard labor. At one time, while away from home at work, her house caught fire and burned to the ground with all its contents. She returned at night to find that she had no home and nothing to do with.
Owing to some mistake in reporting Mr. Emery's death to the department at Washington, it was ten years before Mrs. Emery received a pension. Samuel Morgan of Eden, becoming interested in the matter, found men that knew all about it and thus secured the pension for her.
Mrs. Emery came to Stowe in 1891 with her son. The Rev. G.A. Emery, who at that time was pastor of th Methodist Church here. She went back to Eden for a while, but returned several years ago to Stowe, and still resides here. She is 74 years of age and in feeble health. Her widows pension is $12 a month, a small return for so great a sacrifice.
News & Citizen, Morrisville Vt. Feb 2, 1910
SHE SERVED IN CIVIL WAR
Mrs. Mary D. Emery, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Amanda Adams, in Eden last week, was formerly a resident of Stowe for about fifteen years, coming here with her son, Rev. Geo. A. Emery, at that time pastor of the Methodist Church here. She went to Eden to live with her daughter about three years ago. She was about seventy-seven years of age, and was not only a soldiers widow, but saw service herself in the Civil War.
Her husband, George Emery enlisted in 1862 in Company F, 11th Vermont, and was stationed for two years near Washington. Thinking that he would be there for some time, he sent for his wife, who with her six small children joined him in the spring of 1864. In less than two weeks after their arrival Mr Emery's Regt. was ordered to the front and he was taken prisoner in the skirmish of Weldon Railroad, and was confined to Libby Prison and was later sent to Danville and after words to Andersonville, where he died of starvation in the fall of 1864. After Mr. Emery's capture, Mrs. Emery, who was left without means of support, joined the army as laundress. With the help of her children she did the work of two laundresses and received two soldiers rations. She remained with the Army until Jan, 1865, when through the kindness of friends she was enabled to return to Eden, where she brought up her family in much hardship, as owing to some mistake reporting her husbands death to the Department at Washington, it was not until ten years later that she was able to secure the pension to which she was entitled.
Submitted by Deanna French.
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