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 Eldert Raymond Fonda

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Eldert Raymond Fonda

  • Birth 1837
  • Death 22 Jul 1864
  • Burial Menands, Albany County, New York, USA
  • Plot John Fonda Lot
  • Memorial ID 20416460

E. Raymond Fonda; Sgt.-Maj. Civil War; mortally wounded at Chesterfield Heights, VA on May 7th, 1864; born in Watertown, Mass., but resided in Cohoes, Albany county, when he enlisted in Co. H. He was a mechanic by trade, and twenty-four years of age. Besides the hard service seen in the 115th NY Infantry, he served his country three months in the 1st VT Infantry, early in the war. His father had been in the employ of the government for nearly forty years; a younger brother held the position of sergeant in the regular army, and Raymond himself had been familiar with military operations from his youth up, so that he was a finished and well drilled soldier. Possessed of a brave and resolute will, he was a good soldier. Blest with a kind and loving heart, he won many friends. Pleasant and amiable to both officers and men, he was highly respected. His military career was without a single blot, and he died a true patriot and esteemed by all who knew him. The battle of Chesterfield Heights, Va., was his last battle with the rebels. The regiment was lying behind a bank of earth, firing at the rebels, and Raymond refused to lie down with the rest, but kept walking along the lines while the bloody conflict was progressing, making his person a mark for the enemy's bullets. Suddenly he sang out to the commanding officer, "Major, we are flanked right and left!" And sure enough we were flanked, and many brave men shed their blood before we cut our way out. Among the first to fall was E. Raymond Fonda, and two frightful wounds sent out streams of blood. The soldiers carried his bleeding form from the field, and in due time he reached the city of NY. After many weeks of suffering he died in the arms of his friends.

Albany Rural Cemetery Burial Cards, Menands, NY - E Raymond Fonda, b. abt 1837; d. 22 Jul 1864.

The gravestone and site were restored in 2010. See Civil War Grave Restoration

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  • Created by: Mark Fonda
  • Added: 12 Jul 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20416460
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eldert Raymond Fonda (1837–22 Jul 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20416460, citing Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Mark Fonda (contributor 46845756) .