Monday, January 01, 2007

Grave of a Civil War soldier

I like checking out old graveyards, and there's no shortage of them here in Connecticut. At an old cemetery near our new house in Avon, I discovered the graves of several Civil War veterans, including this one for Albert J. Brewer, who served with the 7th Connecticut Volunteers. I took this shot using the sepia feature on my camera phone.

Brewer, a private, enlisted on Aug. 29. 1862, and served through the end of the war. He was discharged on June 26, 1865. The 7th Connecticut saw a lot of action in South Carolina, according to these records I found on Historical Data Systems Civil War database.

The Seventh Regiment Connecticut Volunteers was organized
at New Haven in August, 1861, under the first call for three
years men, and contained a large percentage of the lately
discharged three months volunteers. Their previous experience,
drill, and discipline so ably seconded the zeal of the officers
that the regiment was soon reported ready for active service.
Alfred H. Terry of New Haven, late Colonel of the Second
Regiment, was commissioned Colonel, with Joseph R. Hawley of
Hartford, late Captain of "Rifle Company A," of the First
Regiment, as Lieutenant-Colonel, and George F. Gardiner of New
Haven, as Major.

Brewer participated in the following engagements:

Fort Pulaski, Ga., April 10-11, 1862.
James Island, S. C., June 16, 1862.
Pocotaligo, S. C., Oct. 22, 1862.
Morris Island, S. C., July 10, 1863.
Fort Wagner, S. C., July 11, 1863.
Fort Wagner, S. C., July to October, 1863.
Olustee, Fla., Feb. 24, 1864.
Chester Station, Va., May 10, 1864.
Bermuda Hundred, Va., May 10-17, 1864.
Bermuda Hundred, Va., June 2, 1864.
Bermuda Hundred, Va., June 17, 1864.
Deep Bottom, Va., Aug. 14-15, 1864.
Deep Run, Va., Aug. 16-18, 1864.
Chapin's Farm, Va., Sep. 29, 1864.
Near Richmond, Va., Oct. 1, 1864.
Newmarket Road, Va., Oct. 7, 1864.
Darbytown Road, Va., Oct. 13, 1864.
Charles City Road, Va., Oct. 27, 1864.
Fort Fisher, N. C., Jan. 15-19, 1865.

Here are the earthworks at Bermuda Hundred.


  1. John,

    I too have a fascination for old cemeteries. I recently visited one in the city that I live in and was able to locate several Civil War veterans' graves. Also, there is one in Fenton, Michigan that I visit several times a year. Many of the Civil War veterans buried there have had new markers within the past few years. There is also a monument dedicated to Union Civil War soldiers there. When I roam these cemeteries I try to imagine all the stories that are buried there.


  2. That's neat Josh. I will add more Civil War veterans' graves soon. Lots of them around here.

  3. Anonymous4:27 PM

    I am a descendent of Albert J. Brewer. I really appreciate the information. I can not wait to share it with my family.