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Federal (USV)


Philo Emery

(c. 1839 - 1864)

Home State: Vermont

Command Billet: Commanding Company

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Vermont Infantry

Before Antietam

From Tunbridge, age 22, he enlisted as Private, Company E, 2nd Vermont Infantry on 4 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was in action at Crampton's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September and at Antietam on 17 September 1862. Two days later he wrote his mother:

We [with brother Edson] are both well & we have driven the Rebels out of Maryland. It was our Brigade instead of Hancock's that drove them off the Mountain last Sunday. We got to the Battlefield Wednesday at 10 A. M. The fighting was terrible. We took a position in the center. The fighting continued until dark.

The rest of the War

He was wounded in action on 5 May 1864 at the Wilderness, VA, and died of his wounds on 9 June 1864 at the Armory Square Hospital, Washington, DC.

References & notes

Service data from Peck1. The quote above from his letter of 19 September 1862 transcribed and posted online by William "Griff" Griffing. Burial and death details from his bio page on Tom Ledoux's Vermont in the Civil War, which includes his death notice in the Vermont Journal of 9 July 1864.


c. 1839


06/09/1864; Washington, DC; burial in Durkee Cemetery, Tunbridge, VT


1   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. 47  [AotW citation 21390]