Capt. Farr---Our neighbor, Dennie Farr, who went from here about a year since as 2nd Lieut. in Company F, 4th Vermont Regiment, is now at home on a furlough, on account of sickness. He looks feeble yet, but is recovering. On the promotion of Wm. C. Holbrook, Farr was made 1st Lieut. of the said Company and served under Captain Brown till a short time since, when he was made Captain of Company C. All say he is "a good fellow and a good officer."
Vermont Phoenix, September 25, 1862.
Camp near Bell Plain Va
December 25th 1862
I have the honor to tender -
you my resignation on account of ill
health based on the following medical -
D W Farr Capt
Co. C, 4th Vt Regt
I have the honor to respectfully request
permission for my wife to visit me in camp.
Novbr 17, 1863.
Gen. Shaler directs that a
road be cut thro' the woods between
the centre and left support so
that they may assist one another
in an emergency -
I send (2) two axes by the
orderly, who will remain with you -
Please have the road made as soon
as possible -
John S. Tyler
Major & Civn Off. Day.
Capt. D. W. Farr,
Comdg Picket 2d Divn 6th Corps.
Maj. John S. Tyler was the grandson of the former Chief Justice of Vermont Royall Tyler, and Mary Palmer Tyler of Brattleboro, Vermont. John Steel Tyler did not survive the Civil War, being mortally wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness.
Mrs. Farr, who left town a few days since to procure the remains of her husband, Capt. D. W. Farr who fell in the Wilderness battle, sends word to her friends that she has been successful. His remains were found and identified, without much difficulty and they are expected to arrive here in a few days. A ring was found upon one finger that Mrs. Farr had placed on it before Capt. Farr left home.
Vermont Record, May 30, 1865.
From His Wife
Captain Dennie W. Farr's last gift to his wife Mary Hannah was a small bouquet of flowers that he chose in late April, 1864 while commanding a picket line shortly before battle.
Your affec Son
Dennie W Farr.
Dennie W. Farr was born on January 7, 1840, on an old Chesterfield, New Hampshire farm, to Worcester Farr and Abial Kneeland. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in Company F, Fourth Vermont Regiment on September 7, 1861, then promoted to First Lieutenant on January 19, 1862 and promoted to Captain of Company C on August 13, 1862.
Dennie Farr and his family were Universalists and often came to Brattleboro to hear the popular Rev. Addison Brown. On July 31, 1863, soldier Farr married Mary Hannah Brown, the daughter of Addison and Ann Elizabeth Wetherbee.
Dennie Farr was one of the first Union soldiers killed in action in the Wilderness in northern Virginia on May 5, 1864. He was waving his sword to encourage the troop advance when he was struck in the head by a minie ball. Captain George Blood French described his death to Mrs. Farr, who brought the remains back for burial in the cemetery near West Chesterfield.
Mary Brown Farr Dunton was born on July 5, 1842. She was eighty-eight years old in 1930 and living in the Brattleboro Home For the Aged. She died in Chesterfield in 1935.
Capt. D. W. Farr.---We stated last week that Mrs. Farr, widow of Capt. Farr, Co. C, 4th Vt. Vols., who was killed by a ball through the head at the battle of the Wilderness, May 5, 1864, had gone, accompanied by her brother and sister-in-law, the widow of the late Lt. Col. Brown, to Virginia, to obtain and bring home the remains of her husband. The party went from Washington to Fredericksburg by boat and wagon, and thence 13 miles to the Wilderness attended by a guard, over many a field made historic by the bloody battles fought thereon. They found the grave without difficulty. It had not been disturbed, but evertything was as when left by the friends who buried him on the night of that dreadful day of battle. The spot had been carefully described, the body buried as decently as circumstances would admit, and a board placed at the head of the grave with the Captain's name cut thereon, and a drawing sent home at the time of his death, so designating the spot that it could be readily found. The body was disinterred, put into a coffin with a metallic lining, and made air tight with cement. A ring placed on his finger by the hand of affection was recovered, thus rendering the identity of the body certain. The party returned to Fredericksburg on the evening of the same day they left there, and the body was sent home from Washington by express, arriving here on Monday last, Mrs. Farr and her friends having arrived on Saturday of last week.
The body on arriving at the depot here was taken charge of by the members of the Columbian Lodge of Masons, of which he was a member, and conveyed to the house of his father-in-law, Rev. A. Brown, where it remained until Wednesday. On the afternoon of that day it was borne to Chesterfield, N. H., his native place, attended by a funeral cortege consisting of his relatives, friends, and members of the Lodge. The funeral services were in the church in the west part of the town, near his father's residence, and the cemetery. The services in the church were conducted by Rev. F. Frothingham of this village, and consisted in the reading of selected passages of the sacred Scriptures, prayer and an appropriate and touching address. The house was filled with friends and acquaintances of the deceased, who came to pay their tribute of respect to the remains of one whom they loved and honored. From the church the body was borne to the grave, and there with Masonic honors and the usual services of the Order, all that was mortal of the brave and noble soldier was committed to its final place of repose. The service at the grave was conducted by C. A. Miles, and was beautiful and impressive. Capt. Farr was 24 years of age; lived a pure life, sustained an unblemished character, was a brave and faithful officer and soldier, left behind him a blessed memory, having offered himself a sacrifice in the cause of his country---the cause of freedom, justice and right.
Vermont Phoenix, June 2, 1865.