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12th Vermont Infantry
Missing in Action

Camp Lincoln, Brattleboro, Sept. 30, 1862 ...

Our chaplain (Lewis A. Brastow, St. Johnsbury) returned to us to-day after an absence of four days, having been under rebel rule at Chambersburg in the meanwhile. He left us at Baltimore to accompany a Vermont lady on her way to her brother, an officer in the Third Vt. who was lying at the point of death at Hagerstown; and was returning by the way of Chambersburg when the rebels* occupied the town. He thinks there were about 1500 of them. They were well mounted, and well clothed as far as their captured U.S. clothing went--the men under strict discipline and perfect control of the officers, who conducted themselves for the most part in a very gentlemanly way. Private persons and property were strictly respected. They left in a great hurry, amounting almost to a panic.


Source: George Grenville Benedict, Army Life in Virginia: Letters From the Twelfth Vermont Regiment and Personal Experiences in the War for the Union, 1862-63 (Free Press Association, Burlington, Vt., 1895), 25.