Co. K, 7th Inf. Reg, Conn Vols.
"Hon. Thomas O. Elliott, born in Thompson, Conn., July 26, 1842, when about ten years old moved with his parents to Pomfret, where he has since made his home. Beginning school at Thompson, continuing at Pomfret, and finishing, at the age of sixteen, in a select school at Abington taught by college students, he acquired a thorough fundamental education, after which he assisted his father for three years on the farm. Then the guns were fired upon Fort Sumter, and Sept. 12, 1861, he enlisted in Windham county, Co. K, 7th C. V. I., for three years' service in the Civil war. His company was commanded by Capt. Jerome Tourtellotte, of Putnam; and his regiment was in charge of Col. Alfred Terry, and Lieut. Col. Joseph R. Hawley, who succeeded Col. Terry, Jan. 20, 1862, and who is now United States Senator from Connecticut. This regiment went South in the Port Royal expedition, and being one of the few armed with the effective Spencer breech-loading rifles, was especially singled out through the war for hard fights. After the capture of the first near Port Royal, S. C., it was sent ashore and assigned to garrison duty. Later it fought in the seven months' siege of Fort Pulaski, upon the surrender of which it again did garrison duty. In 1863, after fighting at James Island and Pocotaligo, it went in Brannan's expedition to Fernandina, Fla., where it was stationed until April. Then it returned North, and from Morris Island, courageously did its best--though unsuccessfully--to help force Charleston into a surrender, four companies, including Co. K, leading the charge on Fort Wagner. Out of the 180 men in these four companies, 111 were killed. Its next battlefield was Florida again. There, in February, 1862, it fought nobly in the disastrous battle of Olustee, where the Union forces lost thirty-eight per cent of their men. In the following April it was sent to Virginia, and there, in Terry's division, Tenth Corps of the Army of the James, fought in the battles of Drury's Bluff, Deep Run, and Derbytown road, in skirmishes near Bermuda Hundred, and Deep Bottom, and finally in the battles at Cold Harbor, and the siege of Petersburg. With the exception of five months spent in the hospital at Hilton Head, Mr. Elliott remained with his regiment throughout its service. His absence was the result of a broken leg, received by a shot to the ankle, July 11, 1863, during the heavy charge on Fort Wagner, near Charleston. After returning to his regiment, however, being unable to march, he was detailed exclusively to driving the ambulance wagon. During the siege of Petersburg his term of enlistment expired, and he, with his regiment was mustered out at New Haven. About a year later, Dec. 7, 1865, he married Mary L. Averill, of Pomfret, who was born Nov. 17, 1842, daughter of Lewis and Hannah (Burton) Averill. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott had four children. Hannah A., born Sept. 29, 1868, now a resident of Pomfret, married April 8, 1891, Edward Peal, and they have one child, John E., who was born Feb. 17, 1892. Mary, born Feb. 20, 1870, died March 10, 1870. Robert T., born June 16, 1874, graduated from the Putnam high school in 1893, and from Amherst College in 1897, and is now a teacher.... Joseph H., born June 21, 1877, who assists his father at home, is a member of the Republican town committee...
"For the first six years after his marriage Mr. Elliott assisted in the management of the home farm. Then, upon the death of his father, he purchased the other heirs' interests in this large place, and has since carried it on by himself with success. Another profitable business which he has engaged in for some time is lumbering. As a disabled soldier he deservedly draws a pension.
"The social status of Mr. Elliott and his family is very high in Pomfret. He is a member of A. G. Warner Post, No. 54, G. A. R., at Putnam; and as a charter member of the Wolf Den Grange, No. 61, of Pomfret, he has served as master. Of this lodge his wife is also a member. In local politics he has been exceedingly active. Besides holding many minor town offices he has represented Pomfret in the State Legislature four times, in 1881 and 1882, in succession, again in 1891, ... and finally in 1893...."
--Commemorative Biographical Record of Tolland and Windham Counties Connecticut Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and of Many of the Early Settled Families, Chicago: J. H. Beers, 1903, p. 32.
Mary Lucretia Averill Elliott
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