William J. Sawin, Civil War Soldier


William J. Sawin

Born in Hancock, N.H.___Son of Lervi S. Sawin,___by occupation a Physician,___Married,___at the age of 28 enlisted for three years in the 10th. Regiment of Infantry Mass Vols.___Company F.
Mustered into service June 21, 1861, at Springfield, Mass.
While encamped at Brightwood, he was transferred, September 1, 1861, to the 3rd. Regiment of Infantry, Vt. Vols.
September 15, 1861, received a contract as surgeon, and entered upon field service with the Vermont brigade.
June 20, 1862, commissioned Assistant Surgeon in the 2nd. Vermont Reg't.
December, 1862, promoted to Surgeon, and assigned as Brigade Surgeon to the 2nd. Brigade, 2nd. Division, 6th. Corps.___On field service all the time.
In February, 1863, furloughed 15 days.
In Gen McClellan's Peninsula Campaign, he had charge of all the wounded of the division.__So also after the Battle of Fredericksburg, and after the Battle of the Wilderness.
At Savage's Station, Va. he was taken prisoner with the wounded, and carried to Richmond, June 29, 1862.__Remained there till July 26th. following, when he, with one other surgeon, came back to the army at Harrison's Landing, in charge of 625 wounded.
The Vermont regiment, to which Sawin was transferred, returned to Brattleboro, Vt., and was mustered out of service June 29, 1864. At that date he resigned his commission.


ca. 1861-1865


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“William J. Sawin, Civil War Soldier,” Chicopee Archives Online, accessed January 22, 2018, http://www.chicopeepubliclibrary.org/archives/items/show/2828.