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 H. Chester Parsons

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H. Chester Parsons

Birth
Death
29 Jun 1894 (aged 53–54)
Burial
Saint Albans, Franklin County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID
148226202 View Source

54 yrs, buried near Samuel and Ruth Parsons
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Info below provided by: Carolina Cotton

H. Chester Parsons was captain of Company L, 1st Vermont Cavalry. He was wounded on July 3, 1863, in the waning hours of the Battle of Gettysburg. Parsons was part of an ill-fated cavalry charge Brigadier General Judson Kilpatrick ordered against a line of Confederate infantry lodged behind fences, boulders and trees. Kilpatrick ordered Brigadier General Elon Farnsworth to lead the charge. Farnsworth protested, believing it would be suicidal, but obeyed and rode off with some 300 troopers. Encountering deadly fire on all sides, the Union troopers were shot from their saddles easily, with 65 being killed in a short time, including Farnsworth. Parsons suffered two wounds and, despite being slumped in his saddle, made it away to safety when his horse carried him from the field.

54 yrs, buried near Samuel and Ruth Parsons
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Info below provided by: Carolina Cotton

H. Chester Parsons was captain of Company L, 1st Vermont Cavalry. He was wounded on July 3, 1863, in the waning hours of the Battle of Gettysburg. Parsons was part of an ill-fated cavalry charge Brigadier General Judson Kilpatrick ordered against a line of Confederate infantry lodged behind fences, boulders and trees. Kilpatrick ordered Brigadier General Elon Farnsworth to lead the charge. Farnsworth protested, believing it would be suicidal, but obeyed and rode off with some 300 troopers. Encountering deadly fire on all sides, the Union troopers were shot from their saddles easily, with 65 being killed in a short time, including Farnsworth. Parsons suffered two wounds and, despite being slumped in his saddle, made it away to safety when his horse carried him from the field.

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