Biography of Artemus W. Fay
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Fay, Artemus W., p. o. Upper Jay, was born in the town of Keene, September 7th, 1834. Is a carpenter and paper-boatmaker by trade. June 22d, 1862, he married Delia, daughter of Oliver J. and Ann Bartlette, of Jay. August 11th, 1862, Mr. Fay enlisted in the 118th N. Y. Vol. Infantry, Company C. He served until June 30th, 1865, participating in many of the severest struggles of the war and rising from the rank of private to fifth sergeant. His wife, Mrs. Delia Fay, the woman soldier of the 118th, followed her husband to the front, even to the field of battle, at Drury’s Bluffs and again to Hanover Junction, where she dressed his wounds and administered to others wounded and dying. She newer left the regiment except as rigidly enforced military rules demanded, and then only to join them at her first opportunity; often assisted by her cool strategy as a heroic and daring woman. Her services were at times sought and gladly rendered to Christian and Sanitary Commissions, both in hospitals and on the field. Turning a deaf ear to the entreaties of friends at home, she stood by the flag through the roar of smoke and musketry. At the close of the war she returned with the gallant 118th and was offered an honorary commission of major, which she declined. Mr. Fay received a wound on the right wrist at Drury’s Bluff and also one on the back of his head at Cold Harbor, which resulted in the loss of the right eye and materially affected the sight of the other. Mrs. Fay is engaged in the milliner business at Upper Jay village. Among her keepsakes are two blankets pieced and quilted by the ladies of Westport. Many of the blocks bear words of encouragement and patriotic sentiment, names and post-office addresses of young ladies of the town, etc. Mr. Fay is a prominent Free Mason and a member of Apollo Commandery, Knights Templar, of Troy, N. Y.

From:
History of Essex County
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: H. P. Smith
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1885


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