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Lieut Thomas Ensworth Jr.

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Lieut Thomas Ensworth Jr.

Birth
Vermont, USA
Death 6 May 1864 (aged 23–24)
Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, USA
Burial Windsor, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Plot J 77
Memorial ID 116932774 View Source

"In Chancellorsville, Va., May 8th, 1864, Lieut. Thomas Ensworth, Jr., of the 4th Vt. Vol. Co. D, son of Mr. Thomas Ensworth of Windsor, Vt., aged 24 years and 7 months.

He fell at his post, when nobly battling for his country. In the language of a brother officer, "He was doing his duty in splendid style, when he was shot by our own guns aimed at the rebels, within ten rods of us." His first words after being struck were, "I'm killed-remember to tell my folks that though I was shot in the back, it was by our own guns." His early death is deeply lamented by multitudes of friends. His modest, unassuming manners, his strict integrity, and his warm-hearted benevolence won the hearts of his associates, and made him a universal favorite in the Regiment. He was a soldier of uncommon promise. As an officer, he had the rare ability of securing the prompt obedience, and at the same time, the ardent love of his command,. Hence, we were not surprised to see him three times promoted since his enlistment.

But above all, we have the gratifying fact, that he died a Christian-that for months his mind had been directed to his eternal interests, and that he experienced the renewing grace of God. Hence, on his deathbed, as his Chaplain testifies, he gave satisfactory evidence, of the power of Christ to save. and in his last message, to his companion, he begs her to prepare to meet him in heaven saying, " I die in defence of my country ,trusting in Jesus."

(Obituary in the Vermont Journal, May 28, 1864.)

Official Army records state that he died May 7 of wounds received on the 5th, and his rank was First Lieut.

There is a photo of Ensworth in the Dewey Jones Collection at http://vermontcivilwar.org/museum/jones/4.php

*Note: His sister Susan married Henry Galen Stiles, a veteran of the 10th Vermont, and a survivor of Andersonville Prison.


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