Tuesday, June 07, 2016



 Born in Franconia, N. H. Had resided in St. Johnsbury two  or three years before the war,—a blacksmith, and for a portion of  this time in the employ of S. B. Marston. Age 25 years. Enlisted in Co. A, nth Regiment, August 6, 1862, and was mustered into United States service as a private, Sept. 1, 1862. Promoted Corporal, Sept. 10, 1862, and Sergeant, January 23, 1864.

 Taken prisoner in the action on Veldon railroad, south of Petersburg, Va., June 23, 1864. Imprisoned for a few days at Richmond and then taken to Andersonville, Ga., where he died of diarrhoea, Qct. 8, 1864, and was buried in grave No. 10,664.

 The United States Government has caused head boards to be erected at the head of each grave in the Andersonville Cemetery, and when known the soldier's name has been marked upon it, with number, date of death, and his regiment and company. Aldrich's grave is thus marked upon the board at its head.  Members of Company A say Aldrich was with his regiment in all the
battles it had engaged in prior to the time he was captured.
United States bounty, $100.

 The name of Sergeant Aldrich is not only the first on the
Record, but the first in alphabetical order of the St. Johnsbury
soldiers who died at Andersonville. For the information of the
friends of the large number of our heroes buried there the annexed description of the place where they sleep is given, together with an account of the manner in which the rebels kept the death  register, and of its preservation.

 The rebels detailed Union prisoners to bury the dead. Eugene Alexander, a prisoner from St. Albans, Vt., was one of the number thus engaged. In a letter he describes the manner of interment thus: "Buried in long trenches, three feet deep, one hundred bodies in a trench. A pine slab was laid across the trench directly over each body, and resting on the shoulders, one foot high on each side, and the earth then thrown over them."

 The dead were buried without coffins, and usually with scanty  clothing; close together, with only about twelve inches of space for each body.

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