Heman H. Gillett papers
1861-1870 (bulk 1862-1865)
Heman Henry Gillett was born on May 22, 1823, to Henry Gillett and Hannah Wallace, in Thetford, Vermont. He had at least three sisters: Rosette S., Louisa M., and Catherine, and one brother with the initials S.H. In 1847, Gillett graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and moved to Corinth, Vermont, where he practiced medicine and represented Corinth in the state legislature until the outbreak of the Civil War. Gillett was commissioned as assistant surgeon with the 8th Vermont Volunteers in December 1861. Upon assignment, he left immediately to attend to sick solders in the winter camp in Brattleboro, Vermont, and was soon sent to Louisiana to help with the wounded at Raceland. In June 1862, Gillett was promoted to head surgeon of his regiment and ran the brigade hospital during the siege of Port Hudson. He served until the end of the war and mustered out on June 28, 1865. After the war, Gillett returned to his Thetford family farm. He represented the town at the Vermont Constitutional convention in 1870, served on the United States examining board for pensions in 1886, and was a trustee for the Thetford Academy in 1887. He died in Thetford in May of 1907.