b. 16/03/1829 Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. d. 26/02/1908 Middlebury, Vermont.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 19/10/1864 Cedar Creek, Virginia.
Tracy was born in Dover, Maine, the third child of David and Sarah Fowler Sawyer Tracy. He attended academy in Farmington, Maine. When he was 15, he moved to Uxbridge, Massachusetts, where he found work. After a short period he went to Vermont. He worked as a carpenter until the Civil War broke out.
At the age of 32, he enlisted in a company organized in Vergennes, Vermont. It elected him a first lieutenant. The unit was assigned to the Second Regiment, Vermont Volunteer Infantry. He was mustered into the US Army on June 20, 1861. He immediately left with his regiment for Washington, D. C. In July his regiment was brigaded with the third, fourth and fifth Maine regiments under command of Colonel O. O. Howard. Tracy was appointed provost marshal on Colonel Howard's staff. The first battle in which he participated was that of Bull Run on July 21, 1861.
After the battle, his regiment ultimately became a part of the Vermont Brigade. In February, 1862, Tracy was promoted to captain of Company H. On April 21, 1864, he was commissioned major of the regiment, and in the same year was commissioned lieutenant colonel. He commanded the regiment until the end of the war.
Tracy was breveted colonel of volunteers for gallantry in the final attack on the rebel line at Petersburg, Virginia, April 2, 1865. He commanded the old Vermont Brigade at the battle of Cedar Creek in the Shenandoah valley. He was the first officer to greet General Sheridan on his arrival from Winchester. General Sheridan's line of battle was re-formed on Tracy's brigade at Cedar Creek. Tracy was awarded a medal of honor for his service in that engagement. He was severely wounded in the charge on Marye's Heights, May 3, 1863, and at Cedar Creek October 19, 1864.
Tracy fought in the following battles: Young's Mills, Bull Run, Lee's Mills, Williamsburg, Golding's Farm, Savage Station, White Oak Swamp, Crampton's Gap, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Marye's Heights, Charleston, Opequan, Winchester, Fisher's Hill, Mount Jackson, Cedar Creek, Petersburg, March 25, 1865, and Petersburg, April 2, 1865, and Sayler's Creek. He served in the Civil war a little over four years.
Upon his return from the war Tracy owned a store in Middlebury, Vermont. He was postmaster for twelve years. For the following six years he manufactured carriages. He then became a US customs agent in Burlington, Windmill Point, Alburg, Richford, St. Albans and North Troy, Vermont. He lived in North Troy for at least six years as a deputy collector of customs.
Took command of and led the brigade in the assault on the enemy's works.
BURIAL LOCATION: MIDDLEBURY CEMETERY, MIDDLEBURY, VERMONT.
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