Blake, William H.
Age: 18, credited to Rockingham, VT
Unit(s): 1st USSS
Service: enl 9/11/61, m/i 9/13/61, PVT, Co. F, 1st USSS, dis/dsb 3/9/63
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Birth: 1843, Unknown
Burial: Immanuel Cemetery, Bellows Falls, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 95645316
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 2/1/1878
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Immanuel Cemetery, Bellows Falls, VT
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William H. Blake
AMOILLE NEWSDEALER: MARCH 28, 1862
THE SHARP SHOOTERS
A member of the 1st Company of Vermont Sharp Shooters, in a letter to a friend in this village, writes as follow:
WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 15
FRIEND: --- We are still at Camp if Instruction, where we have been for the past six months, waiting patiently for our rifles. Not withstanding the repeated promises of our Colonel that we should soon receive our arms, not a single rifle has been furnished us, and nothing indicates that they will soon be forthcoming. Although our men are anxious to be equipped, and called to active service, that they may show to the public that they are not the "most demoralized and inefficient corpse in the army," but justly entitled to rank among the first of the soldiers of the Union.
The mud has dried up, leaving us a fine parade ground, and we drill now in battalion three times a day. The men are fast improving in drill, and discipline under Lieutenant Colonel Ripley, of Rutland, who is an excellent officer, and much beloved by the whole regiment. When we left Vermont our company numbered one-hundred and thirteen, but desertions, discharges, and deaths, has reduced that number to eighty-four. There is considerable sickness in the company at present, we turning out but forty men for drill.
The 2d regiment is armed with Colt's revolving rifles, which are a dangerous weapon, and said to be very accurate. The men refused to take them, but were compelled to by their officers. A few weeks since one of the men had his thumb and finger blown off by the accidental discharge of three cylinders at once, while out target shooting
Last week the 2d, had marching orders read to them, and were expected to have left for Falls Church next Saturday, but the men being unwilling to take the field until they received different weapons, the interposition of influential government officers at Washington was obtained, and the order countermanded. They ask for Sharp's rifles, agreeable to the promise which has been made them.
We received rubber blankets from Vermont yesterday, which were very acceptable, having been without them all winter. They are a very serviceable garment while on guard in rainy weather.
The recent successes of our National arms has inspired our men, who long for the time to come when we shall be armed, and go forth to fight for the flag
W. H. B.
Courtesy of Deanna French.