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 (1863) Battle of Gettysburg
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Larry Purtell
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Sgt. Julius Densmore
Posted on: 9/19/2018 10:11:29 AM
From the Burlington Daily Times. Burlington Vt. September 19, 1863



Julius F. Densmore

Residence Colchester VT; 25 years old.

Enlisted on 9/6/1862 as a Sergeant.

On 10/10/1862 he mustered into "D" Co. VT 13th Infantry
He died of wounds on 8/31/1863 at Colchester, VT

Wounded 7/3/1863 Gettysburg, PA (Wounded in head by shell piece)


J. F. DENSMORE.

Among the killed or fatally wounded in Company D at Gettysburg,
was Sergeant Julius F. Densmore. No better man served in the
company than he, nor any that were more universally esteemed. He
was a fine physique of about 170 pounds, rugged and healthy,
abounding always in good nature and of a uniform sunny
temperament. His age was about twenty-five. His intercourse
with all the members of the company was most friendly and
companionable, but especially so with Captain Munson and
Lieutenant Rolfe in whose neighborhood he was raised and with
whom his youth and early manhood were spent.

With the exception of an accident before Gettysburg was reached
his service was in no way different from others. This accident
in which he nearly lost his life was the accidental discharge of
a revolver in the hands of Captain Bascom at Camp Carusi, Va.
The ball took effect near the top of his forehead and ploughed a
furrow across the head under the scalp. The wound under the
skill of Surgeon Nichols soon healed and Densmore was able to
march to Gettysburg with the regiment where he was destined to
receive another wound of a more serious character. In the
afternoon of the third day of the battle while the regiment was
moving in the execution of the order "change front forward on
first company", Sergeant Densmore fell forward on his face. The
writer saw Lieutenant Hibbard raise him sufficiently to see who
had fallen and heard him say "poor Jule" and we passed on. After
the repulse of the enemy at this point he was seen to have raised
himself to a sitting posture and leave was granted at once to
remove him from the field. His wound was a shattered skull by
a fragment of an exploded shell. He was able after a few days to
be taken home to his parents in Colchester, Vt., where he died
August 31st, 1863.

His funeral was attended by most of the members of Company D. An
impressive service was conducted by his pastor, Rev. Samuel
Whiting and his remains were borne to the grave by his comrades
with sincere grief. And now each year as we place flag and
flowers on his grave he appears in our memory as we knew him in
his rugged manhood and we say "poor Jule."

JOHN H. LYON.





Second from left, Sgt. Julius F. Densmore. Company-D 13th Vt. infantry.

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Phil andrade
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Re: Sgt. Julius Densmore
Posted on: 9/20/2018 2:04:06 AM
Larry,

Only nine or ten men in the 13th Vt. were killed outright at Gettysburg ; but more than one hundred were wounded, of whom fourteen died, one of them being Julius Densmore .

This low proportion of killed can be so misleading : the number of mortally wounded - as in this case - sometimes exceeding the toll of killed in action.

Regards, Phil
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Michigan Dave
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Re: Sgt. Julius Densmore
Posted on: 9/20/2018 8:42:38 AM
Hi Larry,

Very impressive that you have a second write up on Sgt Julius Densmore, and a nice picture of him, & some of his mates.

He certainly had the respect and admiration of his fellow soldiers. Also thanks Phil, for the follow up information on

his unit and their action at Gettysburg!

Again thanks guys, you really took me back to the time, place, & event!

Regards,
MD
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"The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract."

Larry Purtell
USA
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Re: Sgt. Julius Densmore
Posted on: 9/20/2018 9:29:47 AM

Quote:
Hi Larry,

Very impressive that you have a second write up on Sgt Julius Densmore, and a nice picture of him, & some of his mates.

He certainly had the respect and admiration of his fellow soldiers. Also thanks Phil, for the follow up information on

his unit and their action at Gettysburg!

Again thanks guys, you really took me back to the time, place, & event!

Regards,
MD
--Michigan Dave



Thanks M.D. Every once in awhile I find something really good like the Densmore article. Glad you enjoyed it. Makes my research time worthwhile.

Best regards, Larry
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