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Federal (USV)


Dexter Edmund Boyden

(1834 - 1915)

Home State: Vermont

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th Vermont Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 26, from Duxbury, he enlisted as Private, Company F, First Vermont Infantry on 9 May 1861 for three months' service, and mustered out with them on 15 August. He enlisted again, as Sergeant, Company G, 6th Vermont Infantry on 3 October 1861. He was captured at White Oak Swamp, VA on 30 June 1862 and paroled on 5 August.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was wounded again and captured, near Fredericksburg, VA, on 3 May 1863. He was paroled on 16 June 1863 and transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps on 1 September 1863. He mustered out of service on 2 November 1864.

After the War

In 1870 he was farming in Harrison Township, Moniteau County, MO, but was back in Vermont by 1880 and was a fire insurance agent in Northfield, Washington County. He was a station agent in Windham County in 1900, and had finally retired there by 1910.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson,1 who has him as Edward D. Boyden. Service from Peck.2 Details from Ledoux.3 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1870-1910.

He married Martha Eliza Warner (1838-1897) in Montpelier in February 1864 and they had 5 children. He married again in September 1900, the much younger Bertha W. Malona (1871-1942).


11/05/1834; Bolton, Quebec, CANADA


01/29/1915; West Townshend, VT; burial in West Townshend Cemetery, Townshend, VT


1   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 138  [AotW citation 16523]

2   Peck, Theodore S., Adjutant General, and The Vermont Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Revised Roster of Vermont Volunteers and Lists of Vermonters who Served in the Army and Navy of the United States During the War of the Rebellion 1861-66, Montpelier: Press of the Watchman Publishing Co., 1892, pg. 201  [AotW citation 25229]

3   Ledoux, Tom, Vermont in the Civil War, Published 1996, first accessed 01 January 2004, <>, Source page: /get.php?input=10006  [AotW citation 25230]