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Hopson, Edward Crafts


Age: 0, credited to Poultney, VT
Unit(s): 19th CT INF, 2nd CT HARTY
Service: enl 8/4/62, cr. Watertown, CT, m/i, Pvt, Co. D, 19th CT INF (renamed 2nd CT HVY ARTY, kia, Cedar Creek, 10/19/64

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Birth: 06/18/1842, Naugatuck, CT
Death: 10/19/1864

Burial: St. Johns Cemetery, Poultney, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Steve Smith

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Unknown
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)

Remarks: None


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St. Johns Cemetery, Poultney, VT

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Edward C. Hopson

Son of the Rev. Oliver and Mrs. Caroline Hopson, was born in Naugatuck, Ct., June 18, 1842. In 1847, his father removed to Poultney, Vt., to assume the rectorship of St. John's Church. Says Henry Clark, in a biographical sketch, read before the Vermont Historical Society, June 25, 1865, of Edward C. Hopson.

Born into a Christian household, and until his eighteenth year, surrounded by the most affectionate and religious influences of a noble Christian home, with a warm, watchful and educating love, I was wont to notice him as an active and intelligent lad, with something of peculiar manliness and sensibility blended in his face, indicating an ardent character that would make its mark somewhere if his life should be prolonged. He was respectful in his demeanor --- cheerful and hopeful in spirit --- and devoted to his home. He was modest and retiring even to a fault. He was ready to be instructed, eager to embrace, and hold fast the truth, desirous beyond most lads of his age, of study, especially of history, and made himself thoroughly familiar with the Crimean War. Few were is equals in the knowledge of general history, and current events, and he ever exhibited the purpose to make his life a noble and useful one by securing the peace, and advancing the welfare of others around him.

He pursued his preparatory studies for entrance to college under the instruction of his father and brother the Rev. Geo. B. Hopson, and entered Trinity College at Hartford, Connecticut (his father's Alma mater) in the fall of 1860. He faithfully prosecuted his course for two years, and had entered upon his junior year. As a student he developed and matured those characteristics which had marked his boyhood, and his standing was that of second in his class. At this period of his course the call for men to enter the army became urgent, and he believed it his duty to enter the ranks, and consequently procured the consent of his parents and of the president of the college. He enlisted August 6th, 1862 in Company D., 19th Connecticut Volunteers --- which regiment was changed in December 1860 to the Connecticut Heavy Artillery. Several of his college companions enlisted in the same regiment.

He suspended his collegiate course to enter the army, in the most patriotic and unselfish spirit, relinquishing companionships dear to him, and prospects that were bright for the public service with its trials and perils, expecting to meet hardships, but determined to endure them as a faithful soldier not only of the country, but of God. There is much of sublimity in the conduct of this young man who became convinced of his duty to leave the home of his childhood, endeared to him by his cherished memories --- to bid adieu to a fond father, a devoted mother, and loved brothers and sisters --- leave a home of comfort, forego the honors of college, and its sweet associations, for the tented field. Nothing but the sacred devotion to duty could have induced him to take his life in his hand and go forth in defense of the government. Methinks I see him present himself before the honored President of the college, and lay the consent of his parents before him asking in a modest, unassuming manner that he might have a leave of absence, and for what? For the purpose of pleasure and amusement? For the love of adventure? To follow his companions to the halls of merriment and gaiety? NO! not all these, but he might serve his country.

He served with his regiment on guard duty in the defenses of Washington for more than a year, being stationed in Forts Worth, Lyons and Williams. March 19th the regiment left to join Gen. Grant in his active campaign against Richmond, and from that date to the battle of Cedar creek his regiment endured a very trying series of marches and battles and finally was assigned to the 6th corps to re-enforce Gen Sheridan in the valley of the Shenandoah.

Soon after the formation of the colored regiment, he evinced a desire to have a commission in a colored company. The field was open in other directions, but I think he felt a Christian duty in this regard. High, noble, and holy were his purposes and his aim, but he fell, ere his purpose was accomplished, at his post, early on the morning of the great battle of Sheridan, on the 19th Of Oct., last (1864), shot through the head, and died instantly. On the same day an order came for his discharge, that he might accept a commission of Lieutenant in the 10th Reg., U.S. colored troops. His body rests where it fell, and no affectionate hands of friends will probably ever be able to distinguish it from others and to heap the memorial pile above it.

Hemenway's Historical Gazetteer, 1877, iii:842

Submitted By: Deanna French.


OBITUARY. - The remains of Lieut. Edward Crafts Hopson of the 19th Connecticut regiment, who was killed in Sheridan's great battle on the 19th of October, 1864, are expected to reach Poultney this (Tuesday) evening. The funeral will take place from the residence of his father, Rev. Oliver Hopson, on Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock.

Source: Rutland Herald, Sep. 21, 1865
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.