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Age: 35, credited to Berlin, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF
Service: enl 8/14/62, m/i 9/15/62, Pvt, Co. D, 2nd VT INF, kia, Wilderness, 5/5/64
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Birth: 1827, Berlin, VT
Burial: East Road Cemetery, Berlin, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Monica White
Findagrave Memorial #: 81459775
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
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)
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Cenotaph at East Road Cemetery, Berlin, VT
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For the Journal.
When true patriots fall in battle, whether officers or privates, all loyal citizens are mourners. Their memory deserves more than a passing notice t the hands of a grateful people.
Of all who have fallen during the present war, no one was a truer patriot than Cornelius Nye, a private in Co. D, 2nd Vt. Regiment. He was killed in the battle of the Wilderness, May 5, 1864, aged 38 years. He was unassuming, thoughtful, and kind in all his intercourse with others. A man of sterling integrity, and faithful in the performance of every duty.
He was very reserved and hence but few knew him intimately. Yet though all who did enjoy his friendship, found in him at all times a real friend. In entering the army he was influenced by purely disinterested motives. So far as he individually was concerned, there was no reason why he should go. His natural disposition, habits and talents were not such as to lead him to the war, but rather to the opposite. Yet when men were called for to defend his country's rights, he saw nothing to prevent his responding in person to that call. His sense of duty forbade him not to do so. His feeling was as he expressed, "Somebody must go and I can go as well as any body." The fidelity with which he discharged every duty of a soldier testified the sincerity of his heart.
The was a christian patriot. He never made a public profession of religion, yet for sometime previous to enlisting, his trust was in Christ, and through His atoning blood he hoped to be saved. He maintained a consistent christian character in the midst of the temptations of army life. He regretted that he had neglected to confess Christ publicly and unite with the people of God; and he had not felt the importance of the duty, when he was so situation that he could.
But he has united already, we trust, with the church triumphant. He died like a christian patriot, "while fighting as his post."
Source: The Daily Montpelier Journal, 31 Aug 1864
Courtesy of Corinne Stridsberg