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Griswold, Joseph W.


Age: 33, credited to Eden, VT
Unit(s): 56th MA INF
Service: enl, cred. to Eden, VT, 1/30/64, Co, I, 56th MA INF, kia, Spotsylvania, 5/18/64

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Birth: abt 1831, Eden, VT
Death: 05/18/1864

Burial: Probably buried in an unmarked grave, , VA
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer:
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Harriet, 6/23/1864, VT; minor, 5/19/1866, CT
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


Granduncle of Cara Cookson, Burlington, VT

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Died in Virginia

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Eden Carpenters Serve in Mass. Regiment

Joseph W. and Allen P. Griswold were carpenters in Eden, Vermont whose ancestors had come to Vermont in 1767. Their great grandfather, John Griswold, had served from Vermont in the Revolutionary War and been killed at the battle of Long Island in New York on August 27, 1776. Sons of Elisha and Polly Griswold, both were married with children.

On January 30, 1864, they enlisted in the 56th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry headed by Colonel Charles Griswold of Boston, Massachusetts. Joseph was 33, and Allen 37. They were mustered on February 4, 1864, and assigned to Company I. The 56th Regiment left Massachusetts on March 20, 1864. Colonel Charles Griswold was killed on May 6, 1864, in the battle of the Wilderness in Virginia. Joseph W. Griswold was killed on May 12, 1864, at the "Bloody Angle" in Spotsylvania, Virginia. There is no record of burial in a National cemetery, so it is assumed that he was buried on the battlefield. Allen P. Griswold was wounded on May 18, 1864, in Spotsylvania, Virginia. He died of his wounds at a hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on May 24, 1864. He is buried in Eden Corners Cemetery in Eden, Vermont.

(Joseph W. Griswold is the great grandfather of Ruth A. Kruczynski, who submitted this snippet from William Schouler's "History of Massachusetts in the Civil War," (1868) and family records.)