Among the killed or fatally wounded in Company D at Gettysburg, was Sergeant Julius F. Densmore. No better man served in the company than he, nor any that were more universally esteemed. He was a fine physique of about 170 pounds, rugged and healthy, abounding always in good nature and of a uniform sunny temperament. His age was about twenty-five. His intercourse with all the members of the company was most friendly and companionable, but especially so with Captain Munson and Lieutenant Rolfe in whose neighborhood he was raised and with whom his youth and early manhood were spent. With the exception of an accident before Gettysburg was reached his service was in no way different from others. This accident in which he nearly lost his life was the accidental discharge of a revolver in the hands of Captain Bascom at Camp Carusi, Va. The ball took effect near the top of his forehead and ploughed a furrow across the head under the scalp. The wound under the skill of Surgeon Nichols soon healed and Densmore was able to march to Gettysburg with the regiment where he was destined to receive another wound of a more serious character. In the afternoon of the third day of the battle while the regiment was moving in the execution of the order "change front forward on first company", Sergeant Densmore fell forward on his face. The writer saw Lieutenant Hibbard raise him sufficiently to see who had fallen and heard him say "poor Jule" and we passed on. After the repulse of the enemy at this point he was seen to have raised himself to a sitting posture and leave was granted at once to remove him from the field. His wound was a shattered skull by a fragment of an exploded shell. He was able after a few days to be taken home to his parents in Colchester, Vt., where he died August 31, 1863. His funeral was attended by most of the members of Company D. An impressive service was conducted by his pastor, Rev. Samuel Whiting and his remains were borne to the grave by his comrades with sincere grief. And now each year as we place flag and flowers on his grave he appears in our memory as we knew him in his rugged manhood and we say "poor Jule."
John H. Lyon, History of the 13th Regiment Vermont Volunteers
American Civil War Soldier
Enlistment Date: 6 Sep 1862
Side Served: Union
State Served: Vermont
Service Record: Enlisted as a Sergeant on 6 September 1862 at the age of 25. Enlisted in Company D, 13th Infantry Regiment Vermont on 10 Oct 1862.
Died from wounds Company D, 13th Infantry Regiment Vermont on 31 Aug 1863 at Colchester, VT. (Death Certificate from Colchester, Vt. records his death date as 20 Aug 1863)
Betsey, wife of Harry Densmore, 89 yrs
Harry Densmore, 76 yrs
Julius F Densmore, 26 yrs
Olive, daughter of Harry and Betsey Densmore, 7 mos., 1 day.