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Dyer, Douglass H.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 21, credited to Manchester, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF, 17th VT INF, USV
Service: enl 8/26/61, m/i 9/16/61, CPL, Co. E, 5th VT INF, pr SGT, dis/dsb 8/5/62; enl 10/5/63, m/i 4/12/64, 2SGT, Co. F, 17th VT INF, disch to accept com as CPT and AQM, USV, 8/24/64, m/o 9/16/64

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VITALS

Birth: 08/26/1842, Pittburgh, PA
Death: 03/01/1924

Burial: Dellwood Cemetery, Manchester, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 2/6/1893, VT
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

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Dellwood Cemetery, Manchester, VT

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Biography

Douglass H. Dyer, son of Dr. Heman and Almira (Douglass) Dyer, was born August 26, 1842, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. When a boy of twelve he came to Manchester, where he attended Burr and Burton's Seminary, while a member of the family of his father's brother, David Dyer. On his nineteenth birthday, August 26, 1861, his patriotic fervor led him to enlist in Company E, Fifth Vermont Infantry, which was attached to the Sixth Corps. He participated in the battles of Young's Mills, April 5; Lee's Mills, April 16; Williamsburg, May 5, all in 1862, and in August following he was discharged for disability. Having recovered in April, 1864, he re-enlisted in the Seventeenth Regiment of Vermont Infantry, and, with the rank of sergeant, took part in the battles of Cold Harbor and the Wilderness. On September 16, 1864, he was commissioned captain and quartermaster, and was assigned to New York city to take charge of the transportation of the Department of the East. He was honorably mustered out of the service January 8, 1866.

On leaving the army Captain Dyer returned to Manchester, Vermont, where he followed farming until 1901, when he bought an elegant residence on upper Main street, retaining the ownership of a one-hundred-and-fifty-acre farm, which was bought by his grandfather more than a century ago. A man of broad intelligence and high moral principle, he is held in great esteem in the community. With his family he attends the Protestant Episcopal church. He is a Republican in politics, and has served as lister and as grand-juryman, and, by the election of 1902, became justice of the peace. Commendable pride in his own honorable military record and in that of his comrades has moved him to zealous interest in Grand Army affairs. He is a member of Spencer Post No. 24, and has served as commander, and he was among the organizers of the Association of Survivors of Company E, Fifth Vermont Regiment. He is secretary of the body and has compiled a voluminous record, containing the names of all who were ever members of the regiment together with the story of the forty engagements in which it bore a part, and much other valuable historical matter. He is also a leading spirit in the annual association reunion, which is one of the most important affairs of the community. He is also a member of Adoniram Lodge No. 42, F. & A. M.

Captain Dyer was married February 22, 1869, to Miss Inez Hill, daughter of Jerome and Laura (Lathrop) Hill. Mr Hill was a farmer and a man of hich character; his death occurred in 1868, nd his widow is yet living in Sunderland. Mr. and Mrs. Hill were the parents of four children, of whom Mrs. Dyer was the eldest; the others were Laura, living in Manchester; Julius, living in Sunderland; and Harriet, living in South Dakota. Five children where born to Captain and Mrs. Dyer, of whom Harry D., Lena A. and an infant are deceased. Those living are Heman J., who married Miss Nellis M. Felt, and Frank Dyer.

Source: Genealogy and Family History of the State of Vermont, Hiram Carleton, Volume 1, pp. 413-415.

Biography

Douglass H. Dyer, son of Dr. Heman and Almira (Douglass) Dyer, was born August 26, 1842, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. When a boy of twelve he came to Manchester, where he attended Burr and Burton's Seminary, while a member of the family of his father's brother, David Dyer. On his nineteenth birthday, August 26, 1861, his patriotic fervor led him to enlist in Company E, Fifth Vermont Infantry, which was attached to the Sixth Corps. He participated in the battles of Young's Mills, April 5; Lee's Mills, April 16; Williamsburg, May 5, all in 1862, and in August following he was discharged for disability. Having recovered in April, 1864, he re-enlisted in the Seventeenth Regiment of Vermont Infantry, and, with the rank of sergeant, took part in the battles of Cold Harbor and the Wilderness. On September 16, 1864, he was commissioned captain and quartermaster, and was assigned to New York city to take charge of the transportation of the Department of the East. He was honorably mustered out of the service January 8, 1866.

On leaving the army Captain Dyer returned to Manchester, Vermont, where he followed farming until 1901, when he bought an elegant residence on upper Main street, retaining the ownership of a one-hundred-and-fifty-acre farm, which was bought by his grandfather more than a century ago. A man of broad intelligence and high moral principle, he is held in great esteem in the community. With his family he attends the Protestant Episcopal church. He is a Republican in politics, and has served as lister and as grand-juryman, and, by the election of 1902, became justice of the peace. Commendable pride in his own honorable military record and in that of his comrades has moved him to zealous interest in Grand Army affairs. He is a member of Spencer Post No. 24, and has served as commander, and he was among the organizers of the Association of Survivors of Company E, Fifth Vermont Regiment. He is secretary of the body and has compiled a voluminous record, containing the names of all who were ever members of the regiment together with the story of the forty engagements in which it bore a part, and much other valuable historical matter. He is also a leading spirit in the annual association reunion, which is one of the most important affairs of the community. He is also a member of Adoniram Lodge No. 42, F. & A. M.

Captain Dyer was married February 22, 1869, to Miss Inez Hill, daughter of Jerome and Laura (Lathrop) Hill. Mr Hill was a farmer and a man of hich character; his death occurred in 1868, nd his widow is yet living in Sunderland. Mr. and Mrs. Hill were the parents of four children, of whom Mrs. Dyer was the eldest; the others were Laura, living in Manchester; Julius, living in Sunderland; and Harriet, living in South Dakota. Five children where born to Captain and Mrs. Dyer, of whom Harry D., Lena A. and an infant are deceased. Those living are Heman J., who married Miss Nellis M. Felt, and Frank Dyer.

Source: Genealogy and Family History of the State of Vermont, Hiram Carleton, Volume 1, pp. 413-415.

Obituary

CAPT. D. H. DYER OF MANCHESTER CENTER IS DEAD
Veteran With Remarkable Record in Civil War
ONCE SUMMONED BEFORE LINCOLN
Commended for Action Against Railroads at Time of St. Albans Raid.

Manchester Center, March 2. - Douglas H. Dyer, a member of the famous Fifth Vermont regiment and one of Manchester's most prominent citizens, died early Saturday evening in his eighty-second year, after an illness of some weeks resulting in a general breakdown. Mr. Dyer was born in Pittsburg, Pa., a son of Rev. Heman Dyer, who was prominent in religious and educational work in Pittsburg, Philadelphia and New York City for many years.

When a boy Mr. Dyer returned to Manchester, the former home of his father, and attending Burr and Burton seminary and his future life, excepting for the Civil War period was spent here, where he has served his town and community in many offices of trust and honor and always with with unselfish devotion and good judgment. The Civil War record of Captain Dyer is commendable and worthy of note. He enlisted at the age of nineteen in 1861, in Company E of the famous Fifth Vermont regiment. After being in several engagements in the early part of 1862 he was discharged for physical disability. Recovering his health he reenlisted in1864 and after active service at Cold Harbor and in the Wilderness he received a commission as captain and quartermaster and was stationed at New York City in charge of Transportation of the Department of the East. Acting in this capacity he took action against the Pennsylvania and Central railway companies, the latter in New Jersey at the time of the St. Albans raid. The railroad companies, it was charged, neglected to provide trains on which to transport troops to the northern border and Captain Dyer confiscated railroad property.

Because of the course he adopted the railroad companies sought to secure discharge of Captain Dyer who was called to Washington and appear before President Lincoln, When the situation was explained to the president the Vermont officer was told that he “did just right.”

Captain Dyer also came in contact with political influence brought to secure appointments in his department and was again summoned to Washington where he was commended for his stand.

During the war he was thrown in contact not only with army officers but with Horace Greeley and other men prominent in national life.

He was mustered out of the army in 1866 and that time was offered a captain's commission in the regular army. In later years he compiled a history of the Fifth regiment describing its participation in 40 engagements.

One of the accomplishments largely due to his untiring efforts was the construction of the bridge at Manchester Center.

During the last 20 years of his life his eyesight had failed rapidly and his services to the community were performed under this handicap.

He was one of the oldest members of Adoniram lodge, F. and A. M., of the Episcopal church, of the Benevolent Order of Elks and of Spencer post, G. A. R. He had served as commander of the latter organization.

Mr. Dyer was married in 1869 to Inez Hill, of Sunderland and three of their children died many years ago. Heman J., and Frank Dyer, both of Manchester Center, survive.

The funeral will be from the residence Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock with Masonic service conducted by Adoniram Lodge No. 42 of this place.

Source: Bennington Evening Banner, March 3, 1924.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.