Age: 18, credited to Enosburgh, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF, 17th VT INF
Service: enl 9/11/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. G, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63; enl 10/21/63, m/i 1/5/64, CPL, Co. A, 17th VT INF, red 4/30/64, mwia, Totopotomoy, 5/31/64, d/wds 6/18/64
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Birth: 1844, Enosburgh, VT
Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Edwards
Findagrave Memorial #: 43447606
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, father Friend H., 10/26/1885, CT
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: 13th Vt. History off-site
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RODMAN BESSEY. He was a native of Enosburg and born in 1844. Enlisted September 8, 1862, and was one of the young boys of Company G, 13th Regiment, Vermont Volunteers. Brought up on a farm, attended district school of his day and was much like other boys of his locality. A mere lad only 18 years of age and seldom away from home over night in all his life prior to enlistment. His young heart beat fast and strong for home and country, and at the first opportunity volunteered. He was an enthusiastic young man and very anxious to serve in the defence of the Union. Little indeed did he realize the hardships attending the life of a soldier, but he manfully discharged every duty and made no complaint. He was cheerful and obedient and won the respect of his associates. It was evident that he was well born and bred. He was a model soldier boy. It was quite remarkable that one so young demonstrated the qualities that made him valuable on the battlefield. The boys of his age often displayed more courage when life was in peril than the older ones. He served his term and was discharged with his regiment at Brattleboro, July 21, 1863, and returned home thankful that he had served his country when assailed, proud of the record that he and his comrades had made in the mighty contest at Gettysburg.. He was not content because the war was still raging and there was a demand for veterans and on October 21, 1863, enlisted again and this time with Company A, 17th Vt. Regiment, commanded by Capt. Stephen F. Brown, 1st Lieutenant in Company K, of the 13th Regiment, Vt. Vols. His company remained at St. Albans during the winter, making suitable preparations for service and did not leave for Washington until early spring of 1864, and in a few days was advanced to the front and took part in the battle of the Wilderness where on the 6th day of May, many of his regiment were killed and wounded. He remained in the ranks during the several battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House and until May 31st, where he was mortally wounded and died January 18, 1864. He gave all that his country might survive and continue as the land of freedom. There is no greater honor than death on the battlefield, defending home and native land. And the author here asserts that had it not been for such like gallant heroes the country we now so justly boast of would have passed away. Too much praise cannot be given to the soldiers of the "Union in the War of 1861-5. His remains repose in Arlington, Va., National Cemetery.
Source: Sturtevant's Pictorial History, Thirteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, War of 1861-1865, p. 638
LAMOILLE NEWSDEALER: APRIL 16, 1863
FROM THE 13th REGIMENT CAMP WIDOW VIOLET, Va. APRIL 5th, 1863 MR. EDITOR: --- A number of the Newsdealer dated March 19th is before me. In which I find an article from a member of the Regiment, in which it states that the 13th, is called the sneaky 13th. But sir, I am not aware that any such title has ever been applied to us; neither has the regiment done anything of this kind. But on the contrary, we have endured more hardships than any other Regiment in the Brigade. A short time since Col. Blunt received orders to send a Regiment in this vicinity to do picket duty, the place is one that has often been visited by guerrilla parties of the enemy. Now I would like to know why the 13th was ordered here, if they are considered sneaky fellows. I do not like the idea of having my noble Regiment called sneaks. If you deem this worthy of publication, it may not be uninteresting to state the reason of our camp being called "Camp Widow Violet.” The camp is located on the farm of a lady of that name, and our mirthful Col. (who, by the way, is much respected by his men), gave the camp the name of the proprietor of the soil. The regiment is in good condition now. There are but few in the hospital, and nearly all are on duty. The past two or three days the weather has been quite severe here. This morning there was nearly one half foot of snow on the ground. At the time of writing it is nearly all disappeared making it quite muddy and disagreeable.
R. BESSEY; Co. G.
Courtesy of Deanna French.