Maj Lucius T. Hunt

Maj Lucius T. Hunt

Birth
Charlestown, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 26 Jan 1868 (aged 45)
Springfield, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Burial Charlestown, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 138815362 · View Source
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Lucius T. Hunt was born in Charlestown, New Hampshire, May 14th, 1822. When nineteen years of age he enlisted in the First Regiment United States Dragoons, and was therefore familiar with the details of the military service previous to the war of the rebellion. He served in this regular organization from 1841 to 1846, just escaping service in the Mexican war. His regiment was stationed in the Southwest, in the department commanded by Major-General Zachary Taylor, afterward the twelfth President of the United States. Hunt conceived a most exalted opinion of "Old Rough and Ready," whose exploits and fame as a soldier furnished him with many a delightful reminiscence with which he sometimes regaled his comrades around the camp-fire. His experience with the First Dragoons was no less a fruitful source of entertainment. Although the Indians, about the only enemies of the United States at that time, were comparatively quiet in that part of the country over which the Government exercised military control between the years of 1841 and 1846, yet he had considerable experience in fighting hostile parties, occasionally making their appearance in war paint, who had not been taught submission, either by the Black Hawk war or in the battle of Okeechobee, December, 1837, in which General Taylor gained a most decisive victory. At all events, he participated in several battles and skirmishes during his five years service in the United States army, and at the end of that period thought that he had seen enough of Indian fighting to last him all his life.

After leaving the regular army, in 1846, he returned to Vermont and engaged in the business of manufacturing tinware, until the 8th of August, 1864, when he enlisted in the volunteer service from Springfield, Vt., and upon the organization of Co. H, Tenth Regiment Vermont Volunteers, he was unanimously chosen Captain. He was from the beginning a most efficient and reliable officer; brave and unassuming, he always discharged his duties with great fidelity and to the entire satisfaction of his superior officers. He participated in nearly all the battles where the regiment was engaged, and was severely wounded at the battle of Cold Harbor on the 3d of June, 1864, but did not leave his command until the close of the action. He commanded the regiment during the latter part of the battle of Winchester, Sept. 19th, 1864, after the fall of Major Dillingham; and also at Fisher's Hill, three days later. He was commissioned Major Nov. 2d, 1864, and discharged Dec. 1st, on account of wounds received at Cold Harbor.

Major Hunt left the regiment greatly to the regret of his fellow-officers and of his men, especially those of Co. H, with whom he had been closely identified for more than two years. He was at that time in poor health, from which he never recovered. Upon his retirement from the service, he returned to Springfield, and a few months later moved to Glens Falls, New York, where he remained attending to some light business until continued ill health obliged him to give up altogether, when he once more returned to Springfield, where he died Jan. 26th, 1868. (From "A History of the Tenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers" by Edwin M. Haynes; pub. by the Tuttle Co., Rutland, Vt., 1894)


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He enlisted in the 1st Regt. U.S.
Dragoons Sept. 1, 1841. Served 5 years
& 8 days, during which time
he participated in all the principal
battles between the Indians and
U.S troops. He again entered the
Service as Capt. of Co. H., 10 Regt. Vt.
Vols. Aug. 8, 1862, commissioned as
Major July 3, 1864 and was mustered
out of service on account of Physical
Disability caused from wounds
received in the battle of Cold Harbor, Va.


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  • Created by: Jen Snoots
  • Added: 15 Nov 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 138815362
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Lucius T. Hunt (14 May 1822–26 Jan 1868), Find A Grave Memorial no. 138815362, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Charlestown, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Jen Snoots (contributor 4661415) .