Remember our veterans at Gettysburg

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Answering President Lincoln’s 1862 call for 300,000 more troops, more than 1,000 men from Fairfield County responded and became part of the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry.

Company I was made up mostly of Greenwich citizens. After participating at Chancellorsville in May 1863 they next were at Gettysburg, and they deserve to be remembered by history and by us. This year is the 150th anniversary of the battle at Gettysburg.

After participating at Chancellorsville, they found themselves at Gettysburg and from July 1st to the 4th suffered many losses of killed, wounded and captured. This included many of our Greenwich men, and among those losses was my great-grandfather, a farmer by the name of Lewis Palmer.

He was a descendent of Henry Palmer who settled in Greenwich about 1650. Lewis was captured during the battle and was later confined to Libby and Belle Isle prisons until September 1864. He then rejoined the 17th at St. Augustine, Fla., until the war’s end and then returned to his Stanwich Road farm where he died in 1898.

His tombstone in Old Greenwich has an inscription that pays tribute to him and all those who served at Gettysburg. It reads, “Comrads I’ve answered the last call of all and rest beneath the sod, to nations honor I did my best for my Country, home and God” Gary Palmer.

More information can be found at seventeenthcvi.org where the history of the unit is found and a list of all the Greenwich men of Company I.

 

Gary Palmer
Cos Cob

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