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O.S. Tuttle

O.S. Tuttle

Federal (USV)


Oscar Stratton Tuttle

(1832 - 1881)

Home State: Vermont

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 6th Vermont Infantry

Before Antietam

He was a store clerk from age 16 and opened his own store in Cavendish with his brother Augustus in 1857. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of the Cavendish Light Infantry, a company of the 26th State Militia regiment, on 31 July 1858 and promoted to First Lieutenant in June 1860. At Christmas 1860 he was promoted Captain.

He enrolled for war service as Captain of Company E, First Vermont Infantry soon after, and mustered out with them on 15 August 1861. He was appointed Major of the new 6th Vermont on its organization on 25 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment in Maryland.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel after the battle, to rank from 19 September, and was promoted to Colonel and command of the Regiment on 18 December 1862. He resigned his commission for poor health on 18 March 1863.

After the War

He and his brother moved their store to Holyoke, MA in the Fall of 1863. They dissolved their partnership after "a few years" and he continued in the dry goods business for the rest of his life. He was appointed Assistant Assessor of the Internal Revenue in 1867 and served to about 1876. He was Chief Engineer of the Fire Department (1871) and an active Mason and member of the Grand Army of the Republic.

References & notes

His service from Peck1 and Ledoux.2 Personal details from a sketch in Aldrich & Holmes' History of Windsor County, Vermont (1891) and family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a group photo of the officers of the 6th Vermont at Camp Griffin, VA, near Washington, DC in October 1861.

He married Ellen Maria Cook (1840-1917) in June 1858 and they had a son Edward (1865-1905).


08/23/1832; Woodstock, VT


12/15/1881; Holyoke, MA; burial in Forestdale Cemetery, Holyoke, MA


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. 181  [AotW citation 25226]

2   Ledoux, Tom, Vermont in the Civil War, Published 1996, first accessed 01 January 2004, <>, Source page: /get.php?input=6047  [AotW citation 25227]