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Holmes, Joseph


Age: 22, credited to Waterville, VT
Unit(s): 3rd VT INF, 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 6/1/61, m/i, CPL, Co. E, 3rd VT INF, pr SGT, wdd, 6/3/64, m/o 7/27/64; Substitute - enl 8/17/64, PVT, Co. E, 3rd VT INF, 8/17/64, but tr to Co. K, 1st VT CAV, tr to Co. C 6/21/65, m/o 8/9/65

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Birth: 09/07/1838, Waterville, VT
Death: 09/24/1903

Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Morrisville, VT
Marker/Plot: 6
Gravestone photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 193747286


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
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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Pleasant View Cemetery, Morrisville, VT

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Joseph Holmes


CAMP GRIFFIN, Jan. 16, 1862

Dear Friend John: --- Your package of papers came to hand this evening-found a line from you saying you had sent a box and had never heard from it. I received a box from you some three weeks ago, containing a half a cheese, several pair of socks, some mittens, three pair of gloves, a box of matches and divers other articles and a package for Ephriam Brown. I delivered all articles destined to other boys. The articles marked to me I have distributed as I thought best. The next day, after I received the box, I wrote to you, and in your letter sent a line to father. The box was thankfully received. The gloves were just what we wanted. The mittens I have given to the boys where most needed; one pair of mittens I gave to Orderly Sergt. Pierce, as he was when he left Vermont, but he has been promoted to 2d Lieutenant. All I can say is thank you ten-thousand times for the many articles you have sent me and the rest of the boys.

The boys are well as usual Jim has not started for home yet, and I do not know when he will. Give my respects to all inquiring friends --- My best wishes to you.

Joseph Holmes.

The following letter was written to John Mackintosh of Waterville.
Camp near the White House, May 16, 1862
DEAR FRIEND JOHN, --- Your kind letter dated May 1st, came to hand last evening, and be assured it found welcome hands. I still live and enjoy pretty good health, and that is all that one can ask of here. We are camped on Pamunkey River, near a place that is called the White House, and about 20 miles from Richmond. We expect marching orders every moment. If we march we shall go toward Richmond. We expect to be in Richmond within a fortnight, and perhaps within a week. We shall have to fight pretty hard, and a great many will loose their lives before we get there, but I have confidence in McClellan and think we shall whip them wherever we meet them They will fight hard, but our army is bound to win! Our cause is just, and conquer we must! Hiram is sick and was left at Yorktown at our camp near there. I have not heard from him since we left there. We left in a hurry. The rebels vacated their works on Saturday and we started after them Sunday morning, and over took them at Williamsburgh on Monday. We had a pretty hard fight with them. They lost 2500 men there in killed, wounded and prisoners. We had a small loss. I do not think they will fight as well where they are now as they would at Yorktown. They were chased pretty close by our men and are discouraged I think; but we cannot tell what they will do.
I think if McClellan plans work, the Vermont Brigade will be home within two months. The boys that I have not mentioned are all well, and send their best wishes to you
This is a poor place to write letters. I like to hear from my friends better than I ever did before. I think of my friends every day, but it is now a busy time with us. We are moving every day, and when I get a chance to rest I feel more like sleeping than writing. Write when you can.
Yours &c.
Joseph Holmes

Submitted by Deanna French.


The death of a respected citizen, Joseph Holmes, occurred at his late home on the Randolph road last Thursday morning at 12:45. The funeral was held from the home Sunday afternoon, Rev. R.W. Collins of Stowe officiating. The deceased has been a resident of this town for the past eight years, having moved here from Glover. He was a veteran of the Civil War and received injuries in the service from which he has been a great sufferer. He is survived by a wife and one daughter, Maud Holmes.

Source: Morrisville News & Citizen, Sep. 30, 1903
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.