G.A.R. Post: John Buford Post #89 Everett, WA
9th VERMONT VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Organized: 7/1/62 Brattleboro, VT
Mustered In: 7/9/62 Brattleboro, VT
Mustered Out: 12/1/65
The 9th, a 3-year regiment, left the state as Vermont first regiment organized under the President’s summons for troops to protect the Capital. The hastily thrown together unit was cheered and dined on their trip south until they reached Baltimore, MD where secessionistic feelings ran high.
Still, the 9th passed through the city without incident and reached Washington only to find this was where “the well fed sons of Vermont (received) the worst fare which they were required to live upon their entire service.” Camp and drill in Winchester, VA was followed by a march to Harper’s Ferry where, around 9/1 the village and its troops, including the 9th who held out two hours longer than other units, were surrendered to Confed. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s forces without a shot having been fired.
During this ignominious incident the Vermonters were the only unit to have their regimental colors, which they unsuccessfully tried to cup up and parcel out amongst the men, taken by the rebels. The 9th’s experience during the remainder of the War, while not as “flashy” as some units, was never-the-less significant.
Skirmishes and battles of “lesser dignity” included: Winchester, VA 8/62, siege of Suffolk, VA, Nansemond, VA, Edenton Rd., VA, and Blackwater, VA (4-7/63), Gloucester Ct. House, VA (7/63), Young’s Crossroads, N.C. (1/64), Bogue Sound and Gales Creek, N.C. (2/64), Swansboro, N.C. (4/64), Jacksonville, N.C. (5/64), Redougt Dutton (Bermuda Front), VA (9 & 11/64). Battles of “conspicuous note” included: Harper’s Ferry (9/62), Newport Barracks (1/64), Chapin’s Farm (9/64), Fair Oaks (10/64), and Fall of Richmond (4/65).
Following the latter action the 9th retrieved their long-surrendered Harper’s colors from the rebel archives!
Residence: Cohoes, NY Age: 17.10 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 6/26/62 St. Albans, VT Rank: Pvt.
Discharged: 6/13/65 Richmond, VA
Highest Rank: Sgt.
• NOTE: Alternate Spellings of Leander’s surname includes Lario, Loria (he said that ended up on his marriage certificate and “still sticks to me.”) and possibly, Loris.
Leander Lorio was born 8/2/45 in Cohoe, Albany Co., NY to parents Leander and Olive (Frazier) Lorio. Both were also NY born. According to Leander (Jr.), he adopted the middle name Linus after the Civil War in honor of his former company Captain, Linus E. Sherman. No additional information is available on his birth family or formative years.
As noted above, Leander claimed his birth year as 1845. The military, however, noted it as 1844. Leander explained the discrepancy as follows in an affidavit: “ I being underage in the year 1862, and my parents not willing to let me go (into the Army), I ran away from home in March… and went direct to St. Albins, Vermont, but could not then enlist until June 1862. In the meantime I met a soldier from the front on furlough, who coached me to say that I was 18 years old, past, and born in Montreal, Canada.
Hence the difference in birth, between discharge and marriage.” The 5’6 ½” laborer experience in the Army appears to have been positive as, by 3/1/64 he had advanced to the rank of corporal and, based on his and his unit’s actions at Chapin’s Farm, by 1/1/65, that of sergeant.
Leaving the military Leander settled in Ilion, NY until 1871 when he removed to Chicago, IL. Leander remained in the Windy City until 1875 when he resettled in Bangor, MI. While in Michigan, on 7/4/77 he married Elizabeth Mary (or Mary Elizabith) “Libbie” Winters (b.3/61 NY) in the town of Holland. The couple’s first and only child Lee J. was born 1/17/79.
In 1884 the Lorio family moved from Chicago to Aurora, IL where they remained until 1897 when they headed west to the Washington Territory/State community of Everett. Perhaps the move to the Puget Sound region was prompted by brothers of Libbie living in the area. In Washington the former Union infantryman gained employment as a “lead smelter.”
Leander L. Lorio died in Everett on 6/26/22. Cause of death: Senility and Brights (kidney) disease. At death the 76.10 year old Civil War veteran was receiving a $50 government pension based on his military service. Libbie died 6/7/32 at the Everett home of one of her brothers. At passing she was receiving $40 per month based on her late husband’s Civil War soldiering. She is buried beside Leander.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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