Lee’s Mill aka Dam No. 1/Burnt Chimneys

This is the third battle Alexander Bennett was in…

I have to admit that I felt a little tired when I finished writing about this battle putting bold characters in the casualty list.

Now that it is done, I feel a little more what Alexander Bennett must have felt during the nine battles he took part in before he deserted in 1863 after volunteering in 1861.

So what about Lee’s Mills, Virginia or aka Dam No. 1/Burnt Chimneys?

The engagement known as that of Lee’s Mill, was a notable one, as being the first assault on an entrenched line made by the Army of the Potomac, as an exhibition of remarkable bravery in the troops engaged, and as one of the bloodiest actions, in proportion to numbers engaged, in which the Vermont troops took part during the war. It was also one of the most useless wastes of life and most lamentable of unimproved opportunities
recorded in this history.

Click here for the source and the full text if you want to learn more about Lee’s Mills. You will probably get tired after reading.

These were the Vermont units that were present or engaged in this battle:

2nd Infantry
3rd Infantry
4th Infantry
5th Infantry
6th Infantry

Alexander Bennett was in the 2nd Infantry, Company G.

poster Company G

Casualties?

The list is long… very long.

Adgate, Eleazer B., 18, Unknown; enl 9/17/61, m/i 10/31/61, Pvt, Co. B, 5th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/wds, 11/8/62

Axtell, F. Channing, 18, Bethel, VT; enl 9/26/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. F, 6th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Ayer, Dana C., 18, Mount Holly, VT; enl 10/3/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. C, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, tr to VRC 4/15/64, m/o 10/17/64

Babcock, George C., 19, Poultney, VT; enl 9/26/61, m/i 10/15/61, SGT, Co. F, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, pr 1SGT 12/28/63, comn 1LT 4/14/64 (5/9/64), kia, Wilderness, 5/5/64

Backum, John C., 19, Johnson, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. E, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 10/31/62

Bailey, Andrew A., 28, Springfield, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. A, 3rd VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 4/17/62

Bailey, Charles Francis, 40, Troy, VT; enl 9/25/61, m/i 10/15/61, 1SGT, Co. D, 6th VT INF, comn 2LT, 1/11/62 (1/11/62), mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62 (leg), d/wds 5/1/62

Bailey, James, 40, Roxbury, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. H, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/dis 10/22/62

Barney, Mason, 18, Royalton, VT; enl 10/9/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. E, 6th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Batten, Albert James, 19, Topsham, VT; enl 7/10/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. K, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Beauvais, Philip Peter Felix, 17, Highgate, VT; enl 9/9/61, m/i 9/16/61, Pvt, Co. C, 5th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, wdd, Cold Harbor, 6/3/64, m/o 9/15/64 (on rosters as Bovat)

Beeman, Lewis, 22, Milton, VT; enl 9/24/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. I, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 11/21/62

Bellows, Ruluf L., 36, Westford, VT; enl 9/9/61, m/i 10/15/61, CORP, Co. I, 6th VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 5/13/62

Benson, Madison J., 20, Worcester, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. H, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 12/31/62; enl 3/15/64, m/i 4/12/64, cred. to Benson, CORP, Co. E, 17th VT INF, wdd, 7/30/64, Petersburg Mine, pr SGT 3/23/65, m/o 7/14/65

Bisconer, Mitchell, 27, Waitsfield, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. H, 6th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Bishop, Jeremiah, 43, Brighton, VT; enl 4/22/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, m/o 7/27/64

Bishop, Jerome, 18, Brighton, VT; enl 7/9/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 8/8/62

Blakely, Roger T., 20, Brandon, VT; enl 9/30/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. F, 6th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Blodgett, Lorenzo W., 44, Northfield, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. H, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, mwia, Wilderness, 5/5/64, d/wds 8/30/64

Boynton, Austin L., 23, Pomfret, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Briggs, Lucius E., 19, Charleston, VT; enl 4/22/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Brown, Ephraim, 25, Belvidere, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. E, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 10/29/62

Buckley, John M., 19, Ludlow, VT; enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. B, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 9/24/61, m/i 10/15/61, SGT, Co. E, 6th VT INF, pr 1SGT, 10/31/61, comn 2LT, 3/3/63 (3/17/63), wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, resgd 8/3/63

Bush, Sidney J., 26, Saint Albans, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. H, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/svc 9/23/62

Bussell, Hiram D., 18, Mount Holly, VT; enl 10/3/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. C, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/svc 10/16/63

Butterfield, John H., 22, Lincoln, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 5/4/62

Campbell, David Jr., 22, Canada; enl 4/22/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Carey, William W., 20, Cavendish, VT; enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. E, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 9/26/61, m/i 10/15/61, CORP, Co. E, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, pr SGTMAJ 1/1/63, comn 1LT, Co. F 5/15/64 (5/27/64), m/o 10/28/64

Carpenter, Lucius, 18, Burlington, VT; enl 6/2/61, m/i 6/20/61, Pvt, Co. A, 2nd VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 5/1/62

Cenneville, Felix, 24, Saint Johnsbury, VT; enl 7/10/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. K, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Chandler, Edward Aiken, 24, Pomfret, VT; comn 2LT, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, 5/24/61 (5/24/61), pr 1LT, 12/5/61 (12/5/61), wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, m/o 7/27/64 [College: NU 61]

Colburn, Chandler E., 19, Troy, VT; enl 10/3/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. D, 6th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Connell, Philip, 39, Brandon, VT; enl 9/28/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. F, 6th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Connell, Thomas, 22, East Montpelier, VT; enl 7/10/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. K, 3rd VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 7/4/62

Conner, James, 18, Port Henry, NY; enl 9/24/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. F, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, kia, Wilderness, 5/5/64

Connery, James, 31, Burlington, VT; enl 10/2/61, m/i 10/15/61, 1SGT, Co. F, 6th VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, pow, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/prison 4/28/62

Cookman, James, 26, Charleston, VT; enl 5/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Dana, Stillman Foster, 20, Waitsfield, VT; enl 7/2/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. H, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, m/o 7/27/64; Dascomb says wdd Spotsylvania as well

Danforth, Sewell, 24, Holland, VT; enl 9/22/61, m/i 10/29/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Daniels, Thomas, 27, Roxbury, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. H, 6th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Davenport, David B., 39, Roxbury, VT; comn CPT, Co. H, 6th VT INF, 10/4/61 (10/15/61), wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62 (flesh wound, thigh), d/dis 9/20/62, Alexandria, Va.

Davis, Martin Warner, 25, Coventry, VT; enl 10/2/61, m/i 10/15/61, SGT, Co. D, 6th VT INF, pr 1SGT, 1/11/62, comn 2LT, 5/1/62 (10/1/62), pr 1LT, 11/1/62 (1/14/63), pr CPT, 2/3/63 (2/13/63), wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, m/o 10/18/64

Davis, Wesley, 22, Charleston, VT; enl 4/22/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, m/o 7/27/64

Dibble, David J., 18, Wardsboro, VT; enl 8/19/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. I, 4th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Dodge, Edwin R., 27, Elmore, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, CORP, Co. H, 6th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Downer, William H., 21, Hartford, VT; enl 9/17/61, m/i 9/17/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Dunshee, Warner Bradley, 18, Bristol, VT; enl 9/28/61, m/i 10/15/61, CORP, Co. A, 6th VT INF, pr SGT 6/28/62, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/wds, 10/31/62 (pension – gsw lt leg)

Duphany, Antoine, 42, Pomfret, VT; enl 9/19/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. C, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/wds, 7/1/62

Dyke, Calvin, 34, Royalton, VT; enl 1/16/61, m/i 11/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, reen 12/21/63, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, wdd, Spotyslvania, 5/12/64, tr to Co. B, 7/25/64, m/o 3/9/65

Ellis, Daniel, 44, Granville, VT; enl 7/10/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. K, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/wds, 6/7/62

Emmons, William H., 20, Huntington, VT; enl 7/10/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. K, 3rd VT INF, pr CORP, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, 12/13/62, and 6/3/64, m/o 9/20/64

Fairbanks, Luke Bowen, 22, Bethel, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, CORP, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, reen 12/21/63, pr SGT, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, pow, n.d., reported at camp par. 1/21/63, pr 1LT, Co. H, 6/26/64 (7/10/64), pr CPT, Co. C, 8/31/64 (9/29/64), m/o 7/11/65

Fales, John W., 18, Cabot, VT; enl 9/30/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. F, 6th VT INF, Wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, wdd, Banks’ Ford, 5/4/63, pow, Banks’ Ford, 5/4/63, prld 5/14/63, m/o 10/28/64

Farr, George V., 20, Brandon, VT; enl 9/27/61, m/i 10/15/61, CORP, Co. F, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, wdd, 5/11/64, m/o 10/28/64

Ferris, James W., 25, Roxbury, VT; enl 7/10/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. K, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/wds, 8/1/62

Fisk, Van Loren M., 23, Northfield, VT; enl 9/7/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. K, 4th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, mwia, Brandy Station, 12/27/63, d/wds 12/28/63

Fuller, Ephraim H., 20, Waitsfield, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, CORP, Co. H, 6th VT INF, red, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62 (both thighs), m/o 10/28/64

Fuller, William, 21, Unknown; enl 9/3/61, m/i 9/20/61, Pvt, Co. F, 2nd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Garrow, Solomon, 18, Granville, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. H, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dsrtd 9/1/62

Gerard, John, 25, Middlebury, VT; enl 10/2/61, m/i 10/15/61, PVT, Co. A, 6th VT INF, pr SGT 11/1/62, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, pow, 10/11/63, Columbia SC, prld 12/6/64, m/o 2/15/65

Gibson, William M., 18, Wallingford, VT; enl 9/30/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. C, 6th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Goddard, Elisha M., 21, Mount Holly, VT; enl 10/3/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. C, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 10/31/62

Godfrey, William W., 26, Orange, VT; enl 9/28/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. F, 6th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Gould, Page, 21, Middlesex, VT; enl, Manchester, NH, 4/18/61, m/i, Pvt, Co. C, 1st NH INF, 5/2/61, m/o 8/9/61; enl, Middlesex, 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, 1SGT, Co. H, 6th VT INF, dsrtd 6/5/63, rtnd 5/18/65, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, m/o 6/26/65

Gove, Edwin Ruthven, 24, Lincoln, VT; enl 9/23/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. A, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, m/o 10/28/64

Graves, Luther, 23, Cavendish, VT; enl 9/30/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. C, 6th VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 4/24/62 Orig Bur Post Cem Ft Monroe Va

Graves, Nathan W., 21, Cavendish, VT; enl 9/30/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. C, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 4/20/63

Green, William H., 20, Sheffield, VT; enl 7/10/61, m/i 7/16/61, CORP, Co. K, 3rd VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 5/28/62

Grimes, Franklin Norton, 19, Weathersfield, VT; enl 8/22/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. C, 4th VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 4/28/62, memorial at Ascutneyville, Ascutney, VT

Grout, Austin, 26, Weathersfield, VT; enl 9/30/61, m/i 10/15/61, CORP, Co. C, 6th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Hamner, Truman T., 21, Lincoln, VT; enl 8/28/61, m/i 9/16/61, Pvt, Co. B, 5th VT INF, dsrtd 9/15/63, rtnd 10/5/63, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, m/o 9/15/64

Hancock, William Burr, 29, Worcester, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, CORP, Co. H, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, m/o 5/1/63

Harris, John P., 18, Danville, VT; enl 8/24/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. H, 4th VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 9/18/62

Henry, William, 21, Swanton, VT; enl 8/21/61, m/i 9/16/61, Pvt, Co. C, 5th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Hill, Chester K., 25, Eden, VT; enl 6/1/61, occ. farmer, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. E, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/wds, 10/31/62; enl 1/30/64, m/i 2/4/64, Pvt, Co. I, 56th MA INF, dis/dsb 5/15/65

Hill, Henry C., 18, Morgan, VT; enl 1/19/62, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 4/18/62

Hogan, Daniel, 21, Braintree, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. H, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dsrtd 4/20/63

Houghton, Horace A., 23, Windsor, VT; enl 10/4/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. C, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/dis 10/23/62

Hoyt, Albert J., 19, Hardwick, VT; enl 7/10/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. K, 3rd VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 5/4/62

Hurd, William L., 18, Hartford, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Hutchinson, Alonzo, 26, Charleston, VT; enl 4/22/61, m/i 7/16/61, CORP, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 4/18/62

Ingram, Charles W., 21, Newfane, VT; enl 8/26/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. I, 4th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 10/31/62

Jackson, Frederick K., 18, Groton, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 7/12/63 (enl as Charles L. Burnham)

Jones, Daniel S., 20, Wheelock, VT; enl 9/29/61, m/i 10/15/61, PVT, Co. E, 6th VT INF, pr CORP, pr SGT 8/21/64, tr to Co. K, 10/16/64, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, reen 12/15/63, wdd, Cedar Creek, 10/19/64, Cedar Creek, m/o 7/1/65

Kelley, John, 21, Danby, VT; enl 10/3/61, m/i 10/15/61, CORP, Co. F, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, wdd, Marye’s Heights, 5/3/63, reen 1/1/64, pr SGT 1SGT 5/6/64, kia, Cedar Creek, 10/19/64

Kibbie, George, 24, Hartford, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Kinney, Edwin R., 21, Burlington, VT; enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. H, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; comn 2LT, Co. I, 6th VT INF, 10/7/61 (10/15/61), pr 1LT, 1/18/62 (1/18/62), wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, pr CPT, Co. G, 6/5/63 (7/21/63), wdd, Cedar Creek, 10/19/64, pr MAJ, 6/4/65 (6/17/65), m/o 6/26/65 as CPT, Co. G

Knapp, Charles H. Pitman, 27, Stratton, VT; enl 8/26/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. I, 4th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 5/3/63

Labay, Joseph, 18, Derby, VT; enl 9/25/61, m/i 10/29/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, pow, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, Richmond, d/prison 4/21/62; orig buried Shockoe Cemetery, Richmond, reinterred

Lunge, Carlos, 22, Albany, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. E, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, pow 7/26/63, prld 12/16/64, d/svc 1/13/65

Macuin, Daniel, 27, Plymouth, VT; enl 9/24/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. C, 6th VT INF, reen 12/31/63, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, m/o 6/26/65

Mayo, Isaac, 24, Lincoln, VT; enl 8/22/61, m/i 9/16/61, Pvt, Co. B, 5th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/svc 10/26/62

McCarty, James, 25, Barton, VT; enl 7/10/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. K, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, kia, Wilderness, 5/5/64

Metcalf, Frank O., 23, Woodstock, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 2/18/63

Morrill, Frank, 22, Hartford, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Morse, D. Milton, 24, Brookfield, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Morse, Ira E., 22, Charleston, VT; enl 5/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/svc 11/29/62, removed from Antietam

Murdick, Newton I., 24, Middlebury, VT; enl 8/24/61, m/i 9/16/61, PVT, Co. B, 5th VT INF, reen 12/15/63, pr SGT 10/18/64, pr 1SGT, 5/12/65, comn 2LT, 6/4/65 (6/17/65), wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, wdd, Cold Harbor, 6/3/64, m/o 6/29/65 as 1SGT

Murphy, Thomas Parish, 21, Roxbury, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, CORP, Co. H, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, wdd, Fredericksburg, 6/6/63, pr SGT, pr 1SGT, 7/10/63, reen 12/15/63, comn 2LT, Co. B, 5/15/64 (5/27/64), m/o 10/28/64

Neal, John, 18, Charleston, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Niles, Jason D., 23, Charleston, VT; enl 4/22/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, pr CORP 5/10/64, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, 5/10/64, m/o 7/27/64

Niles, Stephen B., 26, Halifax, VT; enl 8/27/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. I, 4th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, memorial/tombstone at Halifax, VT

Noyes, Annas C., 22, Chester, VT; enl 10/3/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. C, 6th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Oakes, Joseph, 28, Bristol, VT; enl 10/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. A, 6th VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 4/25/62

Page, Charles H., 22, Barre, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 2/28/63

Page, Francis A., 18, Barnet, VT; enl 8/27/61, m/i 9/21/61, Pvt, Co. H, 4th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 12/12/62, 2LT, VRC, 12/3/64, m/o 9/13/66 [College: NU 58]

Parker, George A., 18, Sherburne, VT; enl 9/25/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. C, 6th VT INF, reen 2/9/64, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, 6/1/64, m/o 6/26/65

Pasha, Antoine, 21, Burlington, VT; enl 10/4/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. F, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, mwia, Antietam, 9/17/62, d/wds 5/18/63

Patch, Alfred H., 20, Wallingford, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. A, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dsrtd 12/16/62

Pearsons, Archie M., 19, Shrewsbury, VT; enl 8/27/61, m/i 9/16/61, Pvt, Co. I, 5th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, tr to VRC 9/1/63, m/o 4/24/64

Perry, Edward, 20, Woodstock, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/wds, 10/6/62

Perry, Jacob F., 22, Woodstock, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, 5SGT, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Pingree, Samuel Everett, 27, Hartford, VT; comn 1LT, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, 5/24/61 (5/24/61), pr pr CPT, 8/13/61 (8/13/61), wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, pr MAJ 9/27/62 (10/6/62), pr LTC, 1/15/63 (2/2/63), m/o 7/27/64 (Medal of Honor) [College: DC 57, 67]

Pollard, Henry Z., 20, Ludlow, VT; enl 10/1/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. E, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/wds, 10/31/62; drafted – enl 7/22/63, m/i 7/22/63, PVT, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, m/o 1/17/64

Reed, Alonzo C., 20, Pomfret, VT; enl 11/15/61, m/i 11/5/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/wds, 3/20/63

Reynolds, Edwin F., 31, Rutland, VT; enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, PVT, Co. K, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; comn CPT, Co. F, 6th VT INF, 10/8/61 (10/15/61), kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Reynolds, Thomas, 20, Sherbrooke, PQ, Canada; enl 5/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, m/o 8/8/63

Rising, William H., 42, Warren, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, PVT, Co. H, 6th VT INF, pr CORP, pr SGT 8/21/64, 1SGT 6/1/65, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, reen 12/15/63, wdd, 6/5/64, m/o 6/26/65

Robinson, John Randolph, 30, Brownington, VT; enl 10/1/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. D, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/wds, 10/31/62

Rowell, Richard H., 23, Brighton, VT; enl 1/2/62, m/i 1/2/62, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 10/31/62

Royce, Charles H., 21, Woodstock, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, tr to VRC 3/15/64, m/o 11/27/65

Russell, James W., 32, Underhill, VT; enl 8/30/61, m/i 9/16/61, Pvt, Co. K, 5th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Sabine, Alistine M., 18, Potton, PQ, Canada; enl 9/25/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. D, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/wds, 8/15/62

Savery, John H., 24, Clarendon, VT; enl 5/8/61, m/i 6/20/61, Pvt, Co. B, 2nd VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 4/18/62

Scarbo, Midor, 23, Milton, VT; enl 9/5/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. I, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 10/31/62

Scott, William, 22, Groton, VT; enl 7/10/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. K, 3rd VT INF, Sleeping Sentinal, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 4/17/62

Shepherd, Daniel P., 27, Warren, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, CORP, Co. H, 6th VT INF, red, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, reen 12/15/63, m/o 6/26/65

Shepherd, Mason C., 18, Waitsfield, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. H, 6th VT INF, tr to Co. G, 1/1/65, tr back to Co 5/18/65, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, reen 12/15/63, m/o 6/26/65

Shepherd, Oliver S., 26, Monkton, VT; enl 9/30/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. A, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/dis 12/25/62

Simonds, Joseph, 42, Roxbury, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. H, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, m/o 10/15/64

Smalley, John G., 21, Norwich, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 5/19/63

Smith, Clark W., 31, Rutland, VT; enl 10/12/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. F, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/wds, 6/21/62; enl 11/12/63, m/i 11/12/63, Pvt, Co. H, 1st VT CAV, wdd, Hawe’s Shop, 6/3/64, wdd, White Oak Swamp, 6/13/64, tr to Co. B 6/21/65, m/o 8/9/65

Smith, Jones M., 21, Stockbridge, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds, New York City hospital, 5/9/62

Snay, George H., 23, Rutland, VT; enl 9/26/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. A, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/wds, 11/6/62

Squier, Edwin D., 25, Vergennes, VT; enl 10/3/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. A, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 12/19/62

Stevens, Orlando C., 21, Brighton, VT; enl 11/12/61, m/i 12/6/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Sweetland, Samuel, 28, Troy, VT; enl 7/30/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, pow, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/prison. 5/5/62, Richmond; originally buried Shockoe Hill, Richmond; reinterred

Talbirt, Lewis E., 45, Coventry, VT; enl 9/21/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. D, 6th VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 4/17/62

Thayer, Rodney R., 23, Stockbridge, VT; enl 9/24/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. C, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/svc 7/8/62

Thomas, Frank J., 18, Burke, VT; enl 12/15/61, Pvt, Co. E, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Thompson, Samuel, 22, Pittsburgh, NH; enl 12/13/61, Pvt, Co. E, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Turner, Charles, 18, Johnson, VT; enl 6/5/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. E, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 10/15/62

Utton, Edmund E., 21, Worcester, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. H, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/wds 10/11/62; enl 2/13/65, m/i 2/13/65, Pvt, Co. E, 8th VT INF, m/o 6/28/65

Vance, Walter P., 42, Columbia, NH; res. Columbia, NH; enl 11/24/61, Pvt, Co. E, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Vincelett, Trifley, 20, Plymouth, VT; enl 10/2/61, m/i 10/29/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 1/13/63

Wales, Lucius W., 18, Roxbury, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, SGT, Co. H, 6th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Wales, Samuel W., 22, Roxbury, VT; enl 7/10/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. K, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, tr to VRC 9/1/36, m/o 7/16/64

Walker, Hiram, 44, Swanton, VT; enl 9/30/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. K, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/wds, 8/22/62

Waterman, Ezekiel D., 42, Roxbury, VT; enl 7/10/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. K, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Wells, Charles W., 18, Burke, VT; enl 12/1/61, Pvt, Co. E, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Whitcomb, Emerson E., 25, Springfield, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. A, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, m/o 7/27/64

Whitcomb, Willis, 24, Hartford, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 5/22/62

White, Henry, 18, Montpelier, VT; enl 10/3/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. F, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, m/o 11/14/62

White, Joseph, 33, Roxbury, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. H, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/svc 10/22/62

Whitney, Cyrus O., 23, Braintree, VT; enl 8/14/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. H, 6th VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, reen 12/15/63, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, m/o 6/26/65

Whittier, James John, 18, Lincoln, VT; enl 9/28/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. A, 6th VT INF, wdd, Wilderness, 5/5/64, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, reen 12/15/63, dis/wds, 2/22/65

Willey, Alonzo F., 24, East Montpelier, VT; enl 7/10/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. K, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Wilson, Amos H., 21, Charleston, VT; enl 4/22/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. D, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, m/o 7/28/64

Wilson, Don C., 22, Bethel, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, CORP, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Wilson, Jeremiah Emery, 24, Stockbridge, VT; enl 9/30/61, m/i 10/15/61, CORP, Co. C, 6th VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Wilson, Richard, 21, Sherburne, VT; enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, kia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62

Wood, Louis, 26, Readsboro, VT; enl 5/13/61, m/i 6/20/61, Pvt, Co. A, 2nd VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 5/1/62

Woodard, Dana C., 18, Woodstock, VT; enl 9/30/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. C, 6th VT INF, reen 12/31/63, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, m/o 6/26/65

Wright, Alexis Bicknall, 43, Norwich, VT; enl 11/16/61, m/i 11/16/61, Pvt, Co. F, 3rd VT INF, wdd, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, dis/dsb 7/22/62; enl 12/29/63, m/i 1/7/64, Pvt, Co. A, 9th VT INF, d/dis 3/25/65

Wright, Edwin C., 20, Bristol, VT; enl 10/4/61, m/i 10/15/61, Pvt, Co. A, 6th VT INF, mwia, Lee’s Mill, 4/16/62, d/wds 6/1/62

There is a story behind each of these men that we don’t know about and never will.

More about Lee’s mill… in a  nut shell.

Lee’s Mill saw the first serious fighting during McClellan’s Peninsular Campaign of 1862 (American Civil War). Having landed his army at the tip of the peninsular formed by the James and York rivers, McClellan advanced towards Yorktown, expecting to find the Confederates in position around the town. Instead, he found them in a line across the entire peninsular, partly based on the Warwick River, which runs across the peninsular from south to north, reaching within a mile and a half of the northern shore of the Peninsular.

In 1862 it was a sluggish, boggy stream, about 20-30 yards wide, with a wider area of bogs, fringed by heavy woods. It was naturally a formidable barrier, but a series of dams along the river made it even more difficult to cross. Three of these had been constructed by the Confederate defenders of the line, while two were associated with mills.

At Lee’s Mills the dam was just upriver from a bridge, and protected by fortified positions on both sides of the river.  However, these positions only contained three pieces of artillery, of which only one was to play any real part in the fighting. Despite this, McClellan judged the Confederate line to be too strong to risk an assault, and settled into a second siege of Yorktown.

The Union forces at Lee’s Mill were from the Second Division, Fourth Corps under Brigadier General William F. Smith. He had been ordered to reconnoitre a fort called ‘One-gun battery’. On the morning of 16 April he sent two Vermont regiments from his Second Brigade towards the Confederate position, with orders to open fire on any working parties. The infantry soon opened fire, and in return were shelled by the Confederate artillery. An artillery duel followed, between the Confederate guns around the dam and Captain Mott’s battery of the Third New York Artillery. Both sides suffered some losses in this firing, and the Confederates probably withdrew their gun from the east bank of the river at about this time. For most the day, their only field gun was a six pounder on the west bank of the river.

This fighting lasted for about an hour, and was over by noon, when McClellan arrived in person. He ordered Smith to hold his new position, near the Warwick River, and so Smith added his First Brigade to the forces near the river. An 18-gun bombardment began at around 3.00 p.m., followed by an attack led by two Vermont regiment. The aim of the attack was to discover if the Confederates had been forced to abandon their positions by the artillery. Instead, they had been reinforcing the position. Much of the Union ammunition had got wet during the river crossing, and the Union attack was pushed back across the river.

On the Confederate side, the preparations for this limited attack had looked much more formidable. Two thirds of an infantry division had massed in front of what had been a weakly held point. By the time the two Vermont regiments made their attack, they faced a force made up of parts of at least eight confederate regiments from McLaws’s division.

A final Union attack also failed to find a way across the river. Overnight, strong gun positions were built, the closest only 300 yards from the Confederate lines. The action at Lee’s Mill was a minor skirmish in the context of the Peninsular, but in at least one regard it was typical of what was to come. The mid-afternoon attack had been approved by McClellan in person, but with a warning not to continue against heavy resistance. A more determined attack in force would have had a good chance of forcing its way across the river at what Magruder considered the weakest part of his line. Success at Lee’s Mills would have made the Confederate position at Yorktown untenable. Instead, the siege was to go on for another three weeks.

Lee’s Mill demonstrated the difficulty each side had in assessing the impact of battle. Magruder reported his losses as 75 killed and wounded, and estimated the Union losses as at least 600 killed and wounded. Meanwhile, Smith estimated his losses at around 150 (the actual figure was 35 killed, 121 wounded and 9 missing, for a total of 165).

Rickard, J (5 July 2006), Battle of Lee’s Mill, 16 April 1862 , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_lees_mills.html

About the battlefield, click here.

Dead tired reading about the Civil war?

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3 thoughts on “Lee’s Mill aka Dam No. 1/Burnt Chimneys

    • I know people liked it…

      The tiredness idea came up when I added bold characters to the long list.
      I was telling myself why am I doing all this formatting anyway.
      The story in the PDF file is also very long.
      We don’t have to read it all. That’s why I have added a bried summary of that battle.

      Thank you for your comment.

      Pierre

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