Sardine Marks

Felchville, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Death 13 May 1864 (aged 21–22)
Drewrys Bluff, Chesterfield County, Virginia, USA
Burial Hopewell, Hopewell City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 127233922 · View Source
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Sardine was the son of John Wesley Marks and Julia Ann Hyland. According to "The History of Reading, Windsor Co., VT", by Asa Gilbert, John's father was Seneca Marks, who fought in the War of 1812; and John was a blacksmith. A researcher in 2014, who was preparing the documentation for listing the Plainfield, IL Opera House on the National Historical Register thought this was the Seneca Marks who married Harriet, and that their son John was the John Marks listed on the 1850 MA Mortality Schedule who died Aug 1849 suddenly while working on the railroad. The problem with this, is that John was listed as born in Ireland; while Asa Gilbert gives his birth place as VT.

Sardine, losing his father when he was only seven, spent his youth being shifted between family members. He lived in his early boyhood with his grandfather, Reuben Hyland at Cavendish, VT. Later, he lived many years at Reading, VT., in the family of Carlos Hawkins, who was his guardian, and who had married his aunt, Mary Jane Hyland. On the 1860 census Charlestown, Sullivan Co., NH Sardine, 17 years of age, is living with his cousin's family Mary Ann (Isham) and George P Ellison. He was probably learning the trade of shoemaker from George and his brother Henry Ellison. Sardine's brother, Clarence Marks, learned the trade and ended up in Chicago as a shoe manufacturer. Sardine also had a sister Josephine (1840-1873).

Sardine volunteered and was mustered into the service in Co. D, 3rd Reg. N. H., Vols, Infantry, on the 19th day of Aug.1861, for 3 years. He re-enlisted Jan. 1, 1864. He was killed in action at the Battle of Drewry's Bluff. VA. (U.S. Registers of Deaths of Volunteers, 1861-1865.)

Sardine dies not have an actual grave site. According to historian Robert Krick "This is not at all surprising. Men killed on the area battlefields, regardless of which army they served with, did not often end up in identified graves. The 3rd New Hampshire led the Union attack at what was called the Battle of Wooldridge's Hill, not far southwest of Drewry's Bluff, on May 13. The regiment lost more than 100 men, several dozen of them being killed on the spot. We can make the educated guess that they were buried there by their comrades, but after that the guessing becomes less educated. When the war ended the government established six national cemeteries for Union soldiers who died in the greater Richmond area. Work crews scoured the battlefields, mostly in 1866, and moved Federal soldiers to the nearest of the new cemeteries. In my experience, men who were casualties around Drewry's Bluff, or more generally on the south side of the James River, usually were taken to the City Point National Cemetery. That is in Hopewell, east of Petersburg. There are quite a few 3rd New Hampshire men with known graves at City Point, but none who were killed on the field at Wooldridge's Farm. If the work crews were thorough, they probably disinterred the 3rd New Hampshire dead at Wooldridge's Farm, failed to identify them, and reburied them as unknowns at City Point. The only other alternative is that they were not found in 1866, and are still in their original graves, location unknown."

Whether he is buried here or nearby, this memorial recognizes the sacrifice he made.

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  • Created by: DKMac
  • Added: 1 Apr 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 127233922
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sardine Marks (1842–13 May 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 127233922, citing City Point National Cemetery, Hopewell, Hopewell City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by DKMac (contributor 47441312) .