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Sgt William H. Sweet

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Sgt William H. Sweet

Birth
Grand Isle, Grand Isle County, Vermont, USA
Death 29 Sep 1864 (aged 21–22)
Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Burial Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Plot A-13
Memorial ID 13255062 View Source

Served as a sergeant in Co. C, 96th New York Infantry.

Enlisted Oct. 26, 1861, at Mooers, NY. Mustered in as corporal on Nov. 17th. Reenlisted with promotion to sergeant on Jan. 21, 1864. Killed in action during capture of Fort Harrison, Virginia, on September 29, 1864.
Info from: vermontcivilwar.org/get.php?input=79111

Wikipedia says of the battle for the fort:
"2,500 Union soldiers from Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler's Army of the James overran Major Richard Cornelius Taylor's 200-man Confederate garrison and captured the fort in the Battle of Chaffin's Farm.

Brig. Gen. Hiram Burnham, a native of Maine and a brigade commander in XVIII Corps, was killed in the assault, and the Union-held fort was renamed Fort Burnham in his honor.

Although the attacks of September 29 had succeeded in capturing only Fort Harrison, General Robert E. Lee saw the potential threat to Richmond and ordered a counterattack on September 30. The attack failed, but Brig. Gen. George J. Stannard lost an arm while resisting Lee's assault."

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