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Blickensderfer, William Jacob
Davenport, Adelaide Hutchings
Davenport, Harriet Grant Chesebrough
Dewing, Clark Leonard
Dewing, Hiram
Duffy, Edward
Gildemeister, Clara Parsons
Hanrahan, John T.
Hoit, Edward B.
Hoyt, Joseph Blachley
Jones, Cortland Mead
Lathrop, The Reverend Edward
Lockwood, Judge Charles Davenport
Machlett, Raymond R.
Palmer, Delos
Peters, The Reverend Cyril S.
Quintard, Elizabeth
Quintard, Mary “Polly”
Selleck, Charlotte Gregory
Selleck, George
Selleck, Harriet Banks
Selleck, James Weed
Selleck, Captain William
Studwell, Theodore
Towne, Frederick Tallmadge
Waterbury, Captain Marcus
Wilensky, Julius Morris


The Stamford Historical Society Presents

Best Face Forward
Portraits from the Society's Collection
April through September 2009

Captain Marcus Waterbury (1835–1886)

Captain Marcus Waterbury (1835-1886) Oil on canvas
Artist unkown
Museum Purchase

Marcus Waterbury enlisted on April 25, 1861 as a sergeant and was mustered into Co. F, third Conn. Vol. Infantry. He was mustered out on August 12, 1861 at Hartford.

On July 21, 1862 he was commissioned as 2nd Lieut., Co. B, 17th Conn. Vol. Infantry and was quickly promoted to 1st Lieut. On May 2, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia, he was captured and sent to Libby Prison in Richmond where he remained for a month before being released by exchange, rejoining his regiment in time to engage in the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1–4, 1863.

In September he was promoted to Captain and transferred to Co. I where he was put in charge of the recruiting camp at New Haven. One of his main duties was to safely convey recruits to the centers of action in Virginia, Hilton Head, Charleston and New Orleans. This was a risky assignment. The draft instituted in 1863 allowed individulals to pay a bounty for someone else to take their place. This fee could be as much as $300. Many of the bounty seekers were men who enlisted for the sole purpose of collecting the bounty and escaping while en route to battle areas. Known as “bounty jumpers,” they would then travel to another recruiting area and repeat the performance. If caught, the penalty could be harsh. Captain Waterbury was a vigilant man and had a very successful record – losing only one recruit out of the hundreds he and his trusty guard delivered to the battle area.

After the war, Waterbury returned to Stamford and to his position as partner in J. L. Lockwood & Co., a large tin, sheet iron, stove and house furnishing business, the same firm he had come to as a young boy from Darien to learn the tinsmith trade.

Stamford's Civil War: At Home and in the Field

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