Levi Hines papers  ca. 1839-1864
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Hines, Levi

Rank : Private

Regiment : 11th Vermont Infantry Regiment. Co. A (1862)/1st Vermont Heavy Artillery Regiment Co. A (1862-1865)

Service : 1862 September 1-1864 October 13

Levi Hines was born in South Hardwick, Vermont. He enlisted as a private in the 11th Vermont Infantry (later converted to the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery) on December 10th, 1862. The 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery mustered into service at Camp Bradley in Brattleboro, Vermont. The 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery was soon re-assigned to the ring of forts surrounding Washington, D.C. and performed garrison duty at Fort Lincoln (September-November 1862), Fort Totten (November 1862-March 1864) and Fort Slemmer (March-May 1864). During this time period, not one member of the regiment fired a weapon against the enemy. Throughout the long period of garrison duty, Hines longed for the chance to do his duty in active fighting, to help settle the war quickly and finally.

However, at the end of May 1864 the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery was ordered from Fort Slemmer into one of the fiercest contests of the war, Cold Harbor. Stationed in the middle of the Union lines near Gaines' Mill and the town of Cold Harbor, the regiment served as infantry and sustained significant casualties. After the battle at Cold Harbor, the regiment was immediately sent to Petersburg. On June 23rd, during the Union attempt to regain ground at Weldon Railroad, Hines was taken as a prisoner of war. Sent to Lynchburg and then Andersonville, he managed to survive until being sent to the camp hospital with diarrhea. He died in the hospital on October 13th, 1864.