||Certificate of Records
To all whom it may concern
-: THIS CERTIFIES THAT JOSEPH FARNUM, JR. :-
Enlisted from Lamoille County, Vermont, June 3rd, 1862, to serve three years or during the war, and was mustered into the United States service at Brattleboro, Vermont, July 9th, 1862, as a Private of Captain A. H. Slayton's COMPANY "H", 9TH REGIMENT VERMONT VOLUNTEER INFANTRY, Colonel George J. Stannard commanding.
The Ninth Vermont Infantry was recruited in quick response to an order by Governor Holbrook from the War Department to raise another regiment of infantry, which was followed a few days later by a dispatch requiring the immediate forwarding to Washington of the entire volunteer and militia force in the Green Mountain State. Orders were at once issued for the immediate enlistment of the 9th infantry, and in six weeks from receipt of the first telegraphic order the regiment was fully organized and in cap at Brattleboro, where it was for three years or during the war, Colonel George J. Stannard commanding. On July 15th it started for Washington under telegraphic orders, being the first regiment organized under the President's summons for help to protect the National Capital. Passing by way of New York City, they halted before going on the ferry to cross North River, and were addressed by Horace Greeley in a patriotic speech from the wheel house of the boat. Passing through Baltimore, the command reached Washington at night on the 16th and three days later marched about fifteen miles to Cloud's Mills, where it was assigned to White's Brigade of Sturgis' Division, and there the command was thoroughly drilled. About the 1st of September, moved to Harper's Ferry, Va., at the time threatened by forces under "Stonewall Jackson" and where, through the incompetency of Colonel Dixon S. Miles, the entire command was surrendered, paroled on the field, and held as paroled prisoners at Camp Douglas, Chicago, until about six months later, when they were exchanged and remained as guard of the Confederate prisoners captured at Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Arkansas Post, Ark., until about the 1st of April, 1863. Later the regiment was assigned to Weitzell's Division, 18th Corps, Army of the James, and either as a regiment or in detachments, participated in actions at Winchester, Harper's Ferry, Siege of Suffolk, Nansemond, Edenton Road, Blackwater, Gloucester C. H., Va.; Young's Cross Roads, Bogue Sound Block-House, N. C.; Newport Barracks, Chapin Farm, Fair Oaks and Fall of Richmond, Va.; also a number of minor engagements and skirmishes. The Ninth at all times performed most gallant and faithful service, and during the war lost by death 298 officers and men.
The said Joseph Farnum, Jr., was constantly with his command, with the exception of about three weeks, when he was confined in hospital, bearing a faithful part in all its engagements and operations as above outlined, and achieving a gallant record for meritorious service and soldierly conduct at all times.
He was HONORABLY DISCHARGED at Richmond, Va. , on the 13th of June, 1865, by reason of close of the war.
He was born at Johnston, Vermont, April 24th, 1845, and was united in marriage to Ella Varnadell, at Chapinsville, N.Y., November 17th, 1870, from which union were born the following children, viz:- Jennie L., James H., Julia E., and Lillian M.
He is a member of A. M. Murray Post No. 162, Department, of New York, G. A. R., of which he was Senior Vice Commander, and Officer of the Day. He is also a member of the Fire Department National Protective Association. He has held civil office as Town Collector.
His wife is an active and honored member of the Women's Relief Corps; L. O. T. M. and N. P. L.
These facts are thus recorded and preserved for the benefit of all those who may be interested.
Compiled from Official and Authentic Sources by the
Soldiers and Sailors
Historical and Benevolent Society
In testimony whereof. I hereunto set my hand and cause to be affixed the seal of the Society
Done at Washington, D.C. this 6th day of March A.D. 1904.
No. 44605. CG Bridges, Historian