LT Samuel Harrison Holbrook


LT Samuel Harrison Holbrook

Newport, Orleans County, Vermont, USA
Death 19 Jun 1913 (aged 69)
Newark, Caledonia County, Vermont, USA
Burial Newport, Orleans County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 45563733 View Source
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Samuel was the 2nd of 5 children (all sons) born of Dudley Holbrook (b. 1815) and his wife Sarah (Sara) J. Towle (b. 1815). Samuel's siblings were: Dudley H. (b. 1840), Jonathan (b. 1846), William B. (b. 1852), and Wilbur F. (b. 1855).

Samuel H. Holbrook enlisted August 11, 1862, as a Private, in Company "F" Eleventh Vermont Volunteers. He joined his Regiment at Brattleboro, Vt. He was promoted Corporal October 25, 1864, and on November 30, 1864 he was made a First Sergeant of his company. He was discharged June 24, 1865 for promotion, having been commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Company "B" of his regiment. He was finally discharged August 25, 1865 by reason of the close of the war.

Samuel was never taken prisoner, was never confined in any hospital although wounded three times; at Cold Harbor, VA June 1, 1864; at Petersburgh, VA June 17, 1864; and later at Petersburgh, VA April 2, 1865. He suffered from slight wounds which did not keep him away from doing his duty.

With his regiment he joined the Old Sixth Corps at Spottsylvania, VA May 14-18, 1864, passing on their way to the front the lifeless remains of the "prince of commanders" Gen John Sedgwick of the 6th Army Corps; Cold Harbor, VA June 1-12, 1864 followed as did Petersburg, VA June 17-18, 1864; Weldon Rail Road, VA June 23, 1864; Fort Stevens, MD July 11, 1864; Charlestown, WV August 21, 1864; Gilberts Ford, VA September 13, 1864; Opequon, VA September 19, 1864; Fishers Hill, VA September 21-22, 1864; Cedar Creek, VA October 19, 1864; Petersburg, VA March 25-27, 1865; and Petersburg, VA April 2, 1865.

Samuel considered the most important events of his service the battles of Cold Harbor, Cedar Creek and Fishers Hill, VA. He related that while he entered the service as a Private he had command of Company "F" of his Regiment from about October 25, 1864 until after the surrender of General Lee and his army, or until the close of the war.

The Orleans County Monitor, Barton, Vermont, June 25, 1913:

Samuel H. Holbrook, for many years a resident of Newport, passed away at the home of his son in Newark, on Thursday, June 19, aged 69 years, 11months and 29 days. The deceased was born in Newport June 20, 1843, on the farm where he has lived for so long. His parents were Dudley Holbrook and Sarah (Towle) Holbrook. In early life Mr. Holbrook moved to Boston, where he entered into the express business with two of his brothers. He afterwards conducted a grocery and provision store in East Boston for many years. His health giving out, he, with his family, moved to Newport in 1887, to the old home farm on the Lake Road, and this was his home until a short time before his death. Early in life he joined the Maverick Congregational Church in East Boston, and was a long, devoted member of the church. Upon coming to Newport he united with the First Congregational Church there, and was always a constant attendant and faithful member. He was a devoted Christian, and lived so that his life was a constant example to those surrounding him. In 1861 he responded to the country's call to arms, and served through the war, being mustered out as Lieutenant of Co. F., 11th Vt. Vols. On March 30, 1870, the decedent married Caroline D. Smith, and to this union seven children were born, 4 sons and 3 daughters, all of whom, with the widow survive him, except one daughter, who died in infancy. The funeral services were held at the Congregational Church in Newport, on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Edward officiating, and the interment was in the Lake Road Cemetery"


in(1) 19850 US Census of the Free Inhabitants in Newport, Orleans County, Vermont, Dwelling No. 8, Family No. 8

(2) 1860 US Census of the Free Inhabitants in Newport, Orleans County, Vermont, Dwelling No. 1832, Family No. 1833

(3) 1870 US Census of the Inhabitants in Newport, Orleans County, Vermont, Dwelling No. 141, Family No. 145

(4) "Personal War Sketches of Baxter Post #51 , Newport, Vt. Grand Army of the Republic"; Transcribed, indexed and published by Sandra Haselton McKenny & Ernestine Rolls Pepin, 2004, personal sketch page 28

(5) State of Vermont Certificate of Death filed at the Town Clerk's Office, Newark, Caledonia County, Vermont - June 19, 1913

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