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Strong, Augustus B.
Age: 19, credited to Chester, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF
Service: enl 8/21/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. C, 4th VT INF, d/dis 12/22/61, Regtl Hosp., Fort Monroe, VA (typhoid fever)
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Birth: abt 1843, Peru, VT
Burial: Probably buried in an unmarked grave, , VA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Findagrave Memorial #: 125098686
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Miriam H., 7/12/1862; minor, 6/23/1870; pension #38!
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)
2nd Great Granduncle of Debbie Howard, Hollis Center, ME
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Died in Regimental Hospital, Fort Monroe, VA
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Chester, Vt., 2 Nov., 1861
To: Captain Gove, 4th Regiment, Vt. V. M. (forwarded to Captain Atherton)
From: D. A. Sherwin, on behalf of the Selectman of Chester
Captain Gove, Dear Sir: I wish you to inform me by letter the receipt of this, whether you have a man in your company from this town by the name of Augustus B. Strong. There was a man by that name enlisted here from this town. He was enlisted by T. R. Clarke. Mr. Strong left a family here that is in need of help and his wife made an application to the selectmen for the seven dollars per month from this state. And they wrote an order on the State Treasurer for the same. The Treasurer then wrote back to me that his name was not on the roll; therefore we did not get the seven dollars per month. Now, if Mr. Strong is with you, I wish you to make out a certificate and forward it to me so that I may be able to get her seven dollars per month from the state for is service. By giving me the above information, You will confer a great favor. Very truly yours, --D. A. Sherwin for the Selectman of Chester.
[*Augustus B. Strong indeed was a soldier in Henry B. Atherton's company "C" of the 4th Vt. Regiment. Sadly, the family didn't receive much money from his pay, because the poor fellow died of disease in camp at Fortress Monroe, Virginia, 22 Dec., 1861 at the age of 19 years. Gus had a little daughter named Sarah, b. in Chester 22 July, 1860. She was raised by her stepfather, Ford S. Noyes of Andover, NH, who married Augustus' widow, Miriam Harriet (Kent) Strong. The family was poor-- proud and poor Vermont farmers, so many of the young man of the Civil War came from families like this.]
This document is from the Henry B. Atherton Collection, contributed by Linda M. Welch, genealogist and historian of southern Windsor County, Vermont towns. She has many more of these letters and is planning to publish a book in the near future which will include them all."
Camp Griffin, Va.,
Dec. 22nd, 1861,
To the relatives of A.B. Strong:
It becomes my painful duty to inform you that your son, Augustus B. Strong died this evening at the Regimental Hospital. He had been sick about two weeks; and during that sickness received every attention from the surgeons and others which was possible for them to give. I wish it were in my power to offer you some consolation in your affliction. He has laid down his life in defence of that cause so dear to every freeman; and we are reminded, not for the first time since we left home, of the frailty and uncertainty of life. By his careful attention to duty he had won the confidence of his officers, and the respect and esteem of his associates.
He will be buried near Lewinsville, in the burial ground of the Vermont Brigade. Whatever he left will be disposed of as you may direct.
G. B. French
1st Lieut., Co. C, 4th Reg't Vt. Vols.
Co. C, 4th VT
Source: Vermont Journal, Jan. 4, 1862
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.