Thursday, December 14, 2017

Honoring a 15-year-old, mortally wounded at Fredericksburg

Gravestone of  Private Daniel H. Otis in Maromas Cemetery in Middletown, Conn.
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Daniel H. Otis
As 15-year-old Daniel H. Otis crossed a bridge over a millrace during the first wave of attacks on Marye's Heights at Fredericksburg on Dec. 13, 1862, the 14th Connecticut private was mortally wounded by an artillery shell. The youngest soldier in the regiment died four days later. Daniel's remains were  recovered by his father and re-buried in a small Middletown, Conn., cemetery. Farmer Erastus Otis, Daniel's brokenhearted father, died on Aug. 4, 1864, the second anniversary's of his son's enlistment in the army. On the 155th anniversary of Daniel's wounding, I visited the teenager's grave in Maromas Cemetery (see video below).



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