First Vermont Brigade
First Vermont Brigade Monument, Wright Avenue
First Vermont Brigade,
Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Regiments,
Second Brigade, Second Division, Sixth Corps.
Organized in the summer of 1861 by Major General William F. Smith, and commanded by Brig. Gen. W. T. H. Brooks and Brig. Gen. and Brevet Maj. Gen. L. A. Grant, this brigade fought in whole or part with the Army of the Potomac from the First Bull Run to Appomattox.
Aggregating-including the Eleventh Regiment, for a year part of the brigade, -11,137 officers and men, it gave 2,439 lives to the Union cause. Killed and mortally wounded in action, 1128. Died of disease and by accident, 1009. Died in Confederate prisons, 302. Wounded not mortally 2,265 - Total, 4,704.
Reaching this field by a forced march of thirty two miles in the evening of July 2, the brigade took position on the left Union flank near this point in anticipation of an attack by the enemy and held the same July 3d and 4th.
First Bull Run Salem Heights Weldon Railroad Lee's Mill Fredericksburg June 5, '63 Charlestown Williamsburg Gettysburg Opequon Golding's Farm Funkstown Fisher's Hill Savage Station Rappahannock Sta. Cedar Creek White Oak Swamp Wilderness Petersburg Mar. 25, '65 Crampton's Pass Spottsylvania Petersburg April 2, '65 Antietam Cold Harbor Sailor's Creek Fredericksburg Dec 13 '62 Petersburg June 18 '64 Marye's Heights Ream's Station
Unit Commander Strength Casualties 2nd Vermont Colonel James Hicks Walbridge 528 None 3rd Vermont Colonel Thomas Orvilla Seaver 428 None 4th Vermont Colonel Charles Bradley Stoughton 437 1 wounded 5th Vermont Lieutenant Colonel John Randolph Lewis 341 None 6th Vermont Colonel Elisha Leonard Barney 362 None
Source: Inscriptions from monument; units, commanders, strength and casualties from 1892 Revised Roster.