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Munson, William Day


Age: 29, credited to Colchester, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: comn CPT, Co. D, 13th VT INF, 9/6/62 (10/4/62), pr LTC, 5/5/63 (5/12/63), wdd, Gettysburg, 7/3/63, m/o 7/23/63 [College: NU 54]

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Birth: 02/07/1833, Colchester, VT
Death: 10/28/1903

Burial: Munson Cemetery, Colchester, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 11422436


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/13/1891, VT
Portrait?: VHS Collections, 13th History
College?: NU 54
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: 13th Vt. History off-site


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Munson Cemetery, Colchester, VT

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VHS - Reunion Society Collection

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(Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865)


A Good Soldier and a Sterling Man in His Native Town.

Col. William D. Munson, who died at his home in Colchester Wednesday evening shortly after seven o'clock, had been in poor health for the past year and about a month ago suffered a paralytic shock, but recovered sufficiently to be about the house. About a week ago he was obliged to take to the bed, and gradually grew worse until his death.

William Day Munson was born in Colchester February 7, 1833, being the eldest son of William Brownell Munson and Angelina Day. He received his early education in the public schools of his village, and afterward entered Norwich University, from which he was graduated. At the outbreak of the Civil War he organized a company in the village of Winooski and Colchester, and was elected captain, being but 29 years of age. The company was mustered into the service of the Union as Co. D of the 13th regiment of Vermont Infantry October 10, 1862. Captain Munson was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel May 5, 1863, and was mustered out July 23, 1863. The roster of Vermont volunteers speaks of Colonel Munson as follows: "At the battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 1, 2, and 3, 1863, five companies of the 13th, under Lieut.-Col. William D. Munson, were stationed to guard a battery in the front line on the west face of Cemetery Hill and this position they held until night." The year following his return from the war the colonel was elected town clerk of Colchester and this office he held for one term. In 1867 he was elected sheriff of Chittenden county and served for four years. In 1870 he purchased the Bay House at Mallett's Bay and continued as a landlord for four years. A few years later this popular hotel was burned to the ground. Following the death of his wife, Jennie Henderson Munson, which occurred in 1878, Mr. Munson and son, W H. Munson, went South, where they spent seven years in teaching music and playing with concert orchestras in South Carolina and Georgia. He afterward returned to his old home in Colchester, purchased a farm and his since made his home there.

Colonel Munson was a staunch Republican and was popular in politics for many years. During the last years of his life he was not as active but his interest in town affairs was always keen. He was one of the best known men in the community and was popular throughout the county. He was a member of Webster Lodge, No. 63, F. And A. M., of Winooski, Burlington Commandery No. 2, Knights Templar, of Burlington, and the G. A. R. camp of Essex Junction. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Charles Wright, a son, William H. Munson, and a brother, Henry C. Munson, all of Colchester.

The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from his late home in Colchester.

Source: Burlington Free Press, October 30, 1903.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.


Col. William D. Munson
Feb. 7, 1833 - Oct 28, 1903
"A graduate of Norwich University, 1854. Captain Co D 13th Vermont regiment U.S.V., Sep 6th 1862. Promoted Lieutenant Colonel May 5th, 1863. At Gettysburg, Jul 02, 1863, he commanded the detached left wing of the Regiment supporting A Battery on cemetery hill. Jul 03, second in command, he participated with the Regiment, in the deadly assault on the flank of the Confederate charging columns, bravely doing his full duty in that terrible hour, which turned the tide of battle at the point since called, "the high water mark of the rebellion". This tablet is placed here by his comrades of the 13th Regiment, as a token of their respect for him as an officer, and their affection for him as a man. Jul 3rd, 1906."
Source: Inscription from monument in Munson cemetery, Colchester, VT; contributed by Tom Boudreau