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Youtt, Charles E.


Age: 18, credited to Cornwall, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 5th VT INF, 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. I, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 8/19/61, m/i 9/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 5th VT INF, pr CPL, dis/dsb 1/17/63; enl 12/22/63, m/i 12/30/63, Pvt, Co. K, 1st VT CAV, wdd, Green farm, 3/1/64 (left thigh and hip), pow, Green farm, 3/1/64, Libby Prison, Richmond, prld 3/16/64, m/o 6/14/65

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Birth: 11/28/1842, Vermont
Death: 04/18/1921

Burial: West Cemetery, Middlebury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 18741226


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 2/24/1863
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


Great Granduncle of Stan Youtt, Boylston, MA

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Charles E. Youtt was born 28 November 1842, son of Peter and Caroline (Potter) Young, either in Milton or Cornwall, VT. He was living Cornwall in 1860, and credited to to that town when he enlisted 2 May 1861. He mustered in as a private, Co. I, 1st Vermont Infantry, on 9 May 1861, and mustered out with the regiment 15 Aug 1861. He enlisted again 19 August, and mustered in as a private, Co. F, 5th Vermont Infantry on 16 September 1861. He was promoted to Corporal, but discharged for disability on 17 January 1863. He enlisted again 22 December 1863, and mustered in as private, Co. K, 1st Vermont Cavalry, on 30 December.
According to papers in the family's possession, he took part in the Kilpatrick/Dahlgren raid. His unit left Stevensburg, Va., on 28 February, he was wounded in the left thigh and hip on 1 March, and taken prisoner at Green Farm the same day.
In his own words, "I was with Dahlgren's command on Kilpatrick's raid to Richmond. I was wounded in the left thigh and hip in a charge through the rebel lines at the Green Plantation, Va. Weakened by loss of much blood I was taken prisoner and taken to Richmond (Libby Prison). I stayed there four long weeks. The only food I had while in the old tobacco house was a half pint of rice soup (maggots, rice and all), a dainty morsel of wine combined with a piece of corn bread (cob and all ground together). This we had twice a day and was glad to get it. One hundred boys in the same room all got the same ration. We never threw any of it away."
Paroled on 16 April, he was discharged on 14 June 1865, and returned to Cornwall. In 1880, single, he was living in Middlebury, a day laborer. By 1910, he was retired, living in Holyoke, Mass., with his son. He died in Middlebury 18 April 1921; interment in West Cemetery, Middlebury. His death certificate listed his occupation as retired carpenter.

Sources: 1860, 1880, 1910, 1920 U.S. Censuses; death certificate from; family papers and photograph courtesy of Stan Youtt.


Col. Charles E. Youtt

Col. Charles E. Youtt died at noon Monday at the home of his grandson, William L. Turner, on College street, where he has made his home for several years. Mr. Youtt has been in poor health for a number of years, death being due to disease of the heart. He had been able to go down the street a few times during the winter and rode to church a week ago Sunday, which was the last time he was out. Mr. Youtt was born in Fairfax, November 28, 1842, the son of Peter and Celinda (Potter) Youtt, and was consequently 79 years of age. He lived in Cornwall a considerable part of this life and was twice married. He had a long and honorable service in the United States army during the Civil War, having served in Company I, of the First Vermont Regiment of Volunteers, in Company A, of the Fifth Vermont Volunteers, and Company K, of the First Vermont Cavalry. He was a prisoner of war from March 1 to March 16, 1865, and was discharged from service, June 14, 1865. A brother, Aaron P. Youtt, who died some years ago, had served in various commands together with him. Col. Youtt was twice married, his first wife being Miss Celinda Bush of Baltimore, Md., and second Mrs. Ann F. Rich of Middlebury, both of whom are deceased. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Ezra E. Turner of this town, by his first wife, and one son, Harry E. Youtt of New York city, by the second wife. Col. Youtt was a charter ember of William P. Russell Post. No. 89, G. A. R., and had held the highest offices in the I. O. O. F., as well as in Russell Post. He was also a member of the Middlebury grange and Methodist church, in both of which he has held several offices.

The funeral will be held at the Methodist church this (Thursday) afternoon at two o'clock. William P. Russell Post, No 89, G. A. R., and Lake Dunmore Lodge No. 11, I. O. O. F. And its branches will attend in a body. The Rev. E. W. Gould, pastor of the church, will officiate and burial will be in the family loy ion the West cemetery.

Source: Orwell Citizen, April 21, 1921.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.