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1st Vermont Heavy Artillery Albumen

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Really neat little albumen image of members of the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery attending to their guns in the defense of Washington. This view was taken at Fort Trotten sometime in either 1863 or 64′. The 1st Regiment, Vermont Heavy Artillery was organized at Brattleboro and mustered in as the 11th Vermont Infantry on September, 1862. In December of 1862, its designation changed to the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery. The regiment was assigned to garrison duty within the defenses of Washington, occupying Forts Slocum, Totten, and Stevens. It remained at Washington until May 12, 1864, when it moved, 1,500 strong, to join the Army of the Potomac. Although nominally a heavy artillery regiment, it served as infantry. The regiment arrived at the front on May 15th, when it was assigned to the Vermont Brigade, and two days later it went into action near Spotsylvania. On June 1st, Major Fleming’s Battalion was engaged in the storming of Cold Harbor, with a loss of 13 killed and 107 wounded. In the affair at the Weldon Railroad, June 23d, the regiment lost 9 killed, 36 wounded, and 257 captured or missing. It was next engaged in Sheridan’s campaign in the Shenandoah Valley. At the Opequon, the regiment lost 8 killed, 85 wounded, and 6 missing; and at Cedar Creek, 13 killed, 74 wounded, and 20 missing. Returning to Petersburg, it was engaged in the final and victorious assault, with a loss of 5 killed and 45 wounded. The regiment would be mustered out of service in August, 1865. This view measures 3.5″ x 4″ and was published by John C. Taylor.

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