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Ayer, Orange H.

ORANGE H. AYER. Born in Hatley, Canada East. Son of Jonathan Ayer, a native of St. Johnsbury. At the time Orange enlisted he was residing at Sutton. Enlisted at the age of twenty-one years, in Company D, 1st Vermont Cavalry, December 2, 1863. Mustered into United States service December 19, 1863. Transferred to Company C, June 21, and taken prisoner near Ream's Station, on the Weldon Railroad, June 29, 1864, and died while a prisoner of war.

This movement of the 1st Cavalry, in which Mr. Ayer was taken prisoner, is known as "Wilson's Raid," and was very disastrous to the corps. It is not positively known where Ayer died. Mark R. Wheeler, taken prisoner at the same time, and survived to return home, is quite certain he was taken from Columbia, S. C., where he was known to be on the 5th of July, 1864. He was probably taken to Florence, and died there, with L. N. Bishop, and others, taken prisoners the same time. Diligent search has been made through all of the recovered records of Southern prisons, to find his name, but the search has been in vain. Ayer had the reputation of a good soldier among his comrades.

United States bounty, $300 ; from the town of St. Johnsbury, $300.

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