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A story of Lincoln [told by Luke Ferriter of Brattleboro, Vermont].

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Vermont Historical Society Library  Misc 1233  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Title : A story of Lincoln [told by Luke Ferriter of Brattleboro, Vermont].
Publication Information  : [1925].
Physical Description : 1 folder.
Summary :

A typed copy of a story told by Luke Ferriter who served with William Scott in the 3rd Vermont Infantry Regiment. Ferriter tells of serving as a witness in the court martial of William Scott and in the firing squad at Scott's near execution. Ferriter's version is consistent with vetted accounts with one exception. Ferriter said that President Lincoln was present when Scott's pardon was read, which has been proven over the years not to be true.

Also included in the folder are documents showing the Civil War service records of both Luke Ferriter and William Scott, as well as a copy of William Scott's birth record from the Town Clerk of Groton, Vermont.

Biographical or historical data :

Luke Ferriter was born in Ireland on February 1, 1844. He first tried to enlist in his hometown of Dummerston, Vermont, but was only 17 years old and was too young. Days later he walked to Springfield, Vermont, where he lied about his age and enlisted in Co. A, 3rd Vermont Infantry Regiment using the name Charles L. Smith on June 1, 1861. He was promoted to corporal on November 7, 1863, and to sergeant on August 31, 1864. He was wound at Spotsylvania, Virginia, on May 12, 1864. He was mustered out of service on July 27, 1865.

William Scott was born in Groton, Vermont on April 6, 1839. He enlisted in Co. K, 3rd Vermont Infantry Regiment on July 10, 1861. He was found asleep while on guard September 3, 1861, in Georgetown, Virginia, and was court-martialed and sentenced to be shot on September 8, but his sentence was commuted by President Lincoln. No one informed Scott his sentence was commuted until his execution order was read while he stood in front of a firing squad. He was from then on known as the "Sleeping Sentinel." He was mortally wounded at the battle of Dam No. 1 in what is today Newport News, Virginia on April 16, 1862, and died the next day. He is buried in the National Military Cemetery in Yorktown, Virginia.

Personal Subject : Scott, William, 1839-1862.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Corporate Subject : United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 3rd 1861-1865
Subject Term : Courts-martial and courts of inquiry United States History 19th century.
Geographic Term : Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865 Personal narratives.
Groton (Vt. : Town) Biography.
Local Subject : Sleeping Sentinel.
Added Author : Ferriter, Luke.
Hunter, Harlan P.