-Written by Rev. Mr. McDougall, of Dryden, N. Y.
WAS the son of William Carpenter, of Dryden, and was born in DeWitt, New York. When the war commenced, our young hero was quietly pursuing his studies at the Ithaca Academy. Naturally modest and retiring, but few knew his worth, or had he lived appreciated his ability. He would have become a ripe scholar and occupied a prominent place among literary men. His love of country led him to share the tolls and perils of a soldier. He resolved that his country should first be saved, then, if he survived the conflict with treason, he would again return to his favorite studies-Greek, Latin, French and German.
He entered the service with many of the young men from Dryden, and by his fidelity and talents soon rose to share the honors that awaited him. He enlisted the sixteenth of September, 1861, and in November, 1862, was promoted to Sergeant-Major, and in less than one month received a Second Lieutenant's commission. In February, 1863, he was promoted to First Lieutenant. His commission as Adjutant of the Regiment is dated June first, 1863, showing that bravery and meritorious conduct won for him the rank to which he was justly entitled. The duties of his last position were pleasing to his tastes, and his exact mind, and well and faithfully did he discharge them all.
Strictly temperate in all his habits, he was a pattern for others, both in civil and military life. When a student at McGrawville, Prof. Brockett said of him:-" He was the best linguist, and the ablest mind in that institution." In that school, (New York Central College), he filled, for a time, the position of mathematical teacher, with great credit. Nor was he less honored as a soldier.
"There," said his Colonel to a friend, in January, 1864, (pointing to the Adjutant), is the HEAD above all others, that runs the Seventy-sixth Regiment. He is always at his post."
We venture to say the War Department has no clearer or more exact monthly reports than those which came from his pen. In addition to all his duties on the field and in camp, he kept in PHONOGRAPHY, or "shorthand," a condensed history of the Regiment-all its marches, skirmishes and battles.
The Seventy-sixth Regiment has an honorable record, of which its patriotic survivors may well be proud. It was our good fortune to mingle with the boys while at Rappahannock Station, and to learn how they drove the enemy from the forts and into the river, and then encamped on the spot where a Union victory had been achieved. Adjutant Carpenter was then in the field on duty, suffering from wounds received at the ever-memorable battle of Gettysburg. All praised him, for all loved him, and amid the stern realities of war, learned his worth. But few young men among us had such bright prospects-few whose future was so promising.
Still, he placed all on the altar of freedom, and in the battle of the Wilderness, May seventh, 1864, he gave his life that his country might live. He fell into the hands of the enemy, mortally wounded, and died the next day. He sleeps with gallant comrades on the field of the nation's greatest conflict, and where the fate of the Republic and the freedom of millions were so triumphantly vindicated. Peace to his ashes and joy to his soul! His horse escaped, and by Lieutenant Burnham was brought to his father's house, and will be kindly cared for, though every view of the favorite animal will bring before the father and mother, and beloved sisters, the fallen rider-the patriot son and brother.
Many of his letters show that although he made no public profession of religion, he had faith in God and the cause for which he freely gave his young life. "Many of us," said he, "may fall, but God, who is ever true, is pledged to defend the right. Our cause is just and must prevail."
- From the Regimental History of the 76th New York, A. P. Smith, 1867
Hubert Carpenter is buried at Green Hills Cemetery, Dryden, New York. Tombstone picture above was taken on Memorial Day, 2005. Unfortunately, the information on the tombstone is quite badly weathered. - Mike Brown
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