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J.H. Walbridge

J.H. Walbridge

Federal (USV)


James Hicks Walbridge

(1826 - 1913)

Home State: Vermont

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Vermont Infantry

Before Antietam

He went to California in 1852 and was a miner and printer. He was a member of the San Francisco Vigilance Committee of 1856, but returned to Vermont soon after and purchased the ancestral farm. In 1860 he was a 33 year old farmer (with his brother Edward) in Bennington, VT. He was commissioned Captain, Company A, 2nd Vermont Infantry on 16 May 1861, and was promoted to Major on 21 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment in Maryland in 1862 as senior officer present.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 8 January 1863, Colonel on 9 February 1863, and resigned from the service on 1 April 1864.

References & notes

His service from the Roster.1 Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture here from an 1862 photograph of a group of officers of the 2nd Vermont Infantry.

More on the Web

There is a bronze bust of him in the the Bennington Museum, done by his granddaughter.


07/29/1826; Bennington County, VT


12/15/1913; Bennington, Vermont; burial in Grandview Cemetery, Bennington, Vermont


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, pp. 30, 33  [AotW citation 28927]