Co H 4th Vermont Volunteer Infantry
He enlisted September 4, 1861, and was mustered into U. S. service as a Private in Co. H, 14th Vermont Volunteer Infantry on September 21, 1861. The Fourth Infantry became part of the fabled Vermont Brigade. The brigade was at Gettysburg in early July 1863, and saw action at Funkstown later in the month. In August the Brigade was detached from the VI Corps, and sent to New York City to help control the draft riots that had broken out there. According to his diary he left land on the steamship Illinois from Alexandria, Va. on August 18, arrived New York the 20th. He was on guard in Washington Square until leaving New York on the 'Cumbra' (?) September 11, arriving in West chester (?) on the 13th. He switched boats there and got on the 'Philadelphia,' arriving in Alexandria on September 16. The brigade rejoined the VI Corps near Culpeper Court House on the 22nd.
The brigade was involved in the Bristoe Campaign, October 9-22, the advance to the Rappahannock November 7 and 8 and the Mine Run Campaign November 26 to December 2. Heath reenlisted February 13, 1864. Of less than 550 enlisted men from the Fourth Regiment engaged at the Wilderness, forty-one were killed outright, including Private William W. Heath, who fell the first day, May 5, 1864.
Father: Amos Kimball Heath
Mother: Luthera Child