Alonzo B. Whitney

Alonzo B. Whitney

Death 5 Dec 1864 (aged 23–24)
South Carolina, USA
Burial Williamstown, Orange County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 92963844 · View Source
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As Alonzo was growing up, helping to till the soil at his family's farm and pursuing his education, one wonders whether he ever had a premonition that he would give the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Alonzo B. Whitney, the eldest son of Daniel and Julia Hall Whitney, was born in Brookfield, Vermont, where he attended local schools. After his own education was complete, Alonzo became a teacher at the Coolidge School in Plymouth, Vermont in 1861.

His teaching career was short-lived. When the Civil War broke out, Alonzo, like so many of his fellow young Vermonters, volunteered to serve in the Union Army. Upon his enlistment in 1862, Alonzo was assigned to Company G of the 10th Vermont Infantry Regiment. His regiment began its service as a part of the defense of Washington, D.C. He felt strongly that it was his duty to help defend the Union so that "peace could be restored in this land."

After working in the general area of the Potomac, Alonzo's regiment saw action in Virginia, however, Alonzo did not complete his service with the 10th Vermont Regiment. On March 4, 1864, Alonzo became a Captain and was placed with the 26th Infantry Regiment of the United States Colored Troops. In April of the same year, Alonzo's regiment reported to Beaufort, to assist in the preparation for the March on Atlanta. He participated in a major battle in November 1864 at Boyd's Neck and Honey Hill.

Alonzo met his end at Boyd's Neck, when he was shot by "friendly fire." His family often wondered if he might have been "fragged," killed on purpose by someone in his regiment.

His body was brought back to Brookfield, where his remains were interred in the East Hill Cemetery. His parents joined him in death not long after. Alonzo was only 24 years of age at his death.


Alonzo's military service is wonderfully chronicled in a series of articles on the Internet, written by Hazel Whitney Eichman and Thomas Lee Eichman. The articles can be found on the following website:

Headstone photos are courtesy of Thomas Lee Eichman, Photos of Alonzo Whitney and his family appeared in "Family Treasures, by David Day Whitney, Alonzo's nephew. The photo of Alonzo in military uniform is courtesy of Patricia Holden Webster.

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Look on our flag all nations of the free.
Where its matchless colors are unfurled
With and one. O gaze and see
That God's hand holds the Banner of the Free.

Forever shall these rainbow colors wave
Forever o'er our heroes for the grave
Forever shall they float o'er land and sea
Those Stars and Stripes, That Emblem of the Free.

Transcribed by Evelyn Parker
From the Brookfield History page 151.


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  • Created by: David M. Peirce
  • Added: 2 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92963844
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alonzo B. Whitney (1840–5 Dec 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92963844, citing East Hill Cemetery, Williamstown, Orange County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by David M. Peirce (contributor 47460027) .