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Holt, Sidney Leroy


Age: 18, credited to Weston, VT
Unit(s): 9th VT INF, 16th VT INF
Service: enl 8/29/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. C, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63; ; enl 12/26/63, m/i 1/2/64, Pvt, Co. B, 9th VT INF, tr to Co. C, 6/13/65, m/o 12/13/65

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Birth: 02/24/1845, Weston, VT
Death: 12/13/1920

Burial: Pleasant View Cemetery, Chester, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Joie Finley Morris +
Findagrave Memorial #: 111894882


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/21/1881, VT; widow Elmina L., 1/15/1921, VT
Portrait?: Guber Collection off-site
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: See 1914 Brattleboro Daily Reformer Article for biography.

Webmaster's Note: If this soldier enlisted before 9/1/62, and was with the regiment on 9/13/62, he would have briefly been taken prisoner along with the entire regiment at Harper's Ferry. Read the unit's Organization and Service for details.


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Pleasant View Cemetery, Chester, VT

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Courtesy of Pamela Daniel


Courtesy of Deanna French

Sidney Leroy Holt

Sidney Leroy Holt was born in Weston, Vt., 24 Feb., 1845, son of Nathan & Elmina Livonia (Webster) Holt. He married Lucy Elmina Austin (1844-1925). He died of a heart attack on Monday at the Brattleboro Retreat, where he had been spending time at intervals since 1879. From his obituary: "He had for many years lived in a shack on Wantastiquet Mountain. His paternal grandfather was Colonel Timothy Holt, and his mother's father was Capt Jonathan Webster, both families being among the earliest setters in Weston. His early life was spent there where he attended school. He married Miss Austin of Weston, and (5) sons and (1) dau. were born to them, all of whom survive him except Clinton, who was killed at Greenfield, Mass when he was employed there as an electrician. Funeral held Wed. Dec. 15 in the afternoon at the home of the dau: Mrs. James Smith. The four sons, Charles T., Edward E., Wilton N., all of Chester, and Walter S. of Cavendish ,were all present and a sister, Mrs. Henry Clark of Castleton, another sister, Mrs. T. P. Frost of Bradford, who was unable to be there on account of sickness.

Contributed by Linda M. Welch, Dartmouth College, Windsor County researcher.


The Vermont Journal, December 17, 1920

Sidney L. Holt, 75, a Civil war veteran, a familiar figure about the streets of Brattleboro many years with his tall hat and black hair hanging down on his shoulders and who spent much of his time in recent years as a recluse on Wantastiquet mountain, died of apoplexy Monday morning at the Brattleboro Retreat, where he had been an inmate at intervals since 1879.

Sidney Leroy Holt was born in Weston, February 24, 1845, a son of Nathan and Livonia (Webster) Holt. His paternal grandfather was Col. Timothy Holt and his mother's father was Capt. Jonathan Webster, both families being among the earliest settlers in Weston. His early life was spent in Weston, where he attended school.

When the war broke out he enlisted in one of the first regiments organized in the state, but his father had his name stricken from the rolls because of the failing health of the young recruit's mother. He finally enlisted in Company C, 16th Vermont regiment, at Ludlow, his company becoming the color company of the regiment. The regiment was mustered into the service at Brattleboro, October 23, 1862, and left at once for Washington. The regiment spent the winter along Bull Run doing picket duty and here Mr. Holt was assigned his first special duty. Soon after the Gettysburg battle the regiment was sent North and was discharged from the service.

He was fond of poetry and music and his taste was reflected in the many poems he wrote and the zest with which he sang and played upon his violin, which was his only companion in his mountain shack. At one time, before he took up the life of a recluse he went about town selling shoes.

Courtesy of Cathy Hoyt.