Pvt. David W Deming (1839 - 1864) 16th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry, U.S. Civil War Died AE. 25. Andersonville

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Private David W. Deming was born March 12, 1839 most likely in Connecticut. He died during his service in the Civil War in Andersonville prison November 21, 1864 see Wethersfield History. His widow remarried and moved west with her children. He is buried in Wethersfield Village Cemetery with his father Erastus B. Deming; See FAG Link. We need help updating his profile with his civil war service records, enlistment date, updating his civil war sticker, his POW record, etc. see National Park Service and his genealogy. 

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Any help is appreciated.

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I added photos

WikiTree profile: David Deming
in The Tree House by Andrew Simpier G2G6 Pilot (331k points)
edited by Andrew Simpier

He is not listed on the Archives site as buried at Andersonville. https://archive.org/details/listofunionsoldi01atwa/page/2/mode/2up

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Surname: David W. Demming


Company: C

Regiment: 16

State: CT

Arm of Service: INFANTRY

Death Date: 24 Oct 1864

Cause of Death: SCORBUTUS

Remarks: D. W. DEMMING [2]; G. A. DEMMINGS, COMPANY I [3]

Reference: p 2 [3]; p 55 [14]; p 624 [45]

Location of Capture: PLYMOUTH, NC

Date of Capture: 20 Apr 1864

Page: 347


More Information: NO

Code: 21431

Grave: 11431

Source Information

Ancestry.com. Andersonville Prisoners of War [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.

Original data: Andersonville, Georgia. Andersonville Prisoner of War Database. Andersonville, GA, USA: National Park Service, Andersonville National Historic Site.

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Andrew Simpier
I wonder if he also has a headstone in Arlington Cemetery
Just looked up scorbutus - it’s scurvy.

The Vet Admin Grave locator has him buried at Andersonville National Cemetery.  Nothing at Arlington.


DATE OF DEATH: 10/24/1864


Either he was returned to his home for reburial or the grave marker on the Find A Grave Memorial is a cenotaph.  I am pretty sure if he was removed from Andersonville, he would have been removed from the rolls there.

[[Category:Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville National Historic Site, Georgia]]

I was able to take some grave photos shows his father and himself on same stone next to their stone is probably David’s mother Laura who is Erastus B. Deming’s wife. I don’t know her maiden name
I am pretty sure the inscription on the fathers marker is to show he was a son and not forgotten, but he is not buried there.  He is buried at the Andersonville National Cemetery. The inscription on his Father's marker is known as a cenotaph, a marker or inscription for someone buried somewhere else.  This was very common for the Civil War dead as many were buried in far from home and the cost to bring them home may have been too much for the family.  Just a possibility.

new info was added under resources showing how he died at Andersonville. The exact date of death is likely before date of death on stone. Middle name now known. If you like can help add more info and research upon what is now available.

Thank you for all your help

I’d like to add a POW sticker that reflects his military history in the civil war

Well first of all Andrew, his profile lists his burial as being at Wethersfield Village Cemetery Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA.  I don't believe this is true.  I believe the marker inscription is a cenotaph.  I believe he is buried in the Andersonville National Cemetery in Georgia marker # 11431. I have contacted an Andersonville historian regarding this.  When I hear back from him, might make further modifications based on his findings.

Added  POW Sticker and category for those who died in as POWs in the Civil War. Also some census data. 

I agree that seems more than likely. You made some awesome improvements. Thank you so much

Got my reply as follows Andrew from Kevin Frye who guided tours of the Cemetery for over 16 years and has made Andersonville his raison d'etre.

Hi Lee.  I assure you that PVT   Deming was buried here at andersonville and he still [at] rest in grave number 11431.

Post war there were 12 remains removed from the burial trenches and all were identified and recorded.  He is not one of them.  It was very common for families to place symbolic headstones and grave markers in family and city cemeteries as a sort of closure.  Too have remains of andersonville, buried in shallow graves, taken home in northern states was a very extremely expensive chore that was only for the excessively rich.  The process they followed is very detailed but the cost was massive.
So I have made changes to David's Profile to reflect this.  Please take a look and change the format if you would like.  It's your Profile not mine. wink wink  LJ

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