Bedell, Henry Edson
Age: 27, credited to Westfield, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/4/62, m/i 9/1/62, CPL, Co. D, 11th VT INF, pr SGT 8/11/63, pr 2LT 12/28/63 (1/12/64), wdd, Edward's Ferry, 9/13/64, dis/wds, 2/20/65
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Birth: 07/26/1836, Troy, VT
Burial: East Main Street Cemetery, Newport, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Hackett
Findagrave Memorial #: 31650322
Alias?: None noted
Portrait?: Italo Collection, Reunion Society Collection
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)
Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career
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East Main Street Cemetery, Newport, VT
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Vermont Officers Reunion Society Collection
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society
Bedell, Henry Edson, of Newport, son of James G. and Amanda (Smith) Bedell, was born in Troy, July 26, 1836.
He was educated in the district schools of Westfield and before the war was a farmer, while his present occupation is that of an auctioneer. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Co. D, 11th Regt. In this organization, he was successively promoted from private through the grades of corporal and sergeant to that of 2d lieutenant. The regiment was first stationed in the Defenses of Washington, but was afterward engaged in the battles of Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and on the Weldon R. R.; returned to Washington, and driving back the rebels at Berryville, then up the Shenandoah Valley, again returned to Washington and was afterwards detached to Harper's Ferry and after many forced marches and skirmishes around that place finally met the enemy at Opequan, where Lieutenant Bedell, acting as captain of the second company was struck by a shell which carried off his left leg and injured him severely in the right hand. He was conveyed to the temporary hospital on the field and suffered the amputation of his leg. A few days later the sick and wounded were ordered to be transferred to Harper's Ferry. As Lieutenant Bedell was so much exhausted it was impossible to move him and he was left in the hands of the rebels, and would have perished had it not been for the kindness of a rebel lady in the neighborhood of the battlefield, who removed him to her own house and though her means could but barely furnish the necessities of life she nursed him with such care and attention that he was finally able to be transported within the Union lines.
The "Rebel Lady", Elizabeth 'Betty' Kaiser Van Metre,
Woodcut from Chittenden's "Unknown Heroine"
Lieutenant Bedell married, March 3, 1856; Emeline, daughter of Aaron and Lucinda (Hitchcock) Burba of Westfield. Six children have been born to them: De Etta J. (died March 9, 1879), Lucena A. (Mrs. Nolton McClaflin of Montgomery), Alden N. (died Nov. 3, 1892), Herman A., Betty Nanny, and James A.
(Webmaster's Note: the last two children were named after Betty and her husband James Van Metre, a Confederate cavalryman.)
Bedell in later years,
Chittenden's "Unknown Heroine"
Mr. Bedell is a Republican and while in Westfield acted as the constable of the town. After the close of the war, he was for twenty years an employee of the United States as custom-house officer. For five years of this period he was stationed at Richford and Berkshire and for fifteen years discharged the duties of inspector and deputy collector at Newport.
He is a Methodist in his religious creed; was one of the charter members and founders of Baxter Post, No. 51, GAR, and has been its junior commander.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 25.
Henry Bedell's 1864 diary
An Unknown Heroine
The Vermont Brigade in the Shenandoah Valley, 1864
Lieut. H.E. Bedell of Newport died Wednesday after many years of suffering and helplessness. Mr. Bedell saw hard service in the Civil war, was severely wounded and was rescued and kept concealed some time by a Confederate woman, who was the original of Mr. Chittenden's romance, "An Unknown Heroine." Mr. Bedell lost one leg in the war.
Source: Barre Daily Times, March 23, 1911
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.