Samuel Ladoit Morey was a resident of Mansfield on August 7, 1862 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. D of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. In April, 1863, He was sent to the U.S. General Hospital at Hampton, Virginia for Ascitis, an abnormal buildup of fluid in his abdomen. He was transferred to the 32nd Co. 2nd Battalion Veterans Reserve Corp on January 25, 1864 and discharged on September 4, 1865.
Soldiers in the Veterans Reserve Corp were men who could no longer serve on the front lines due to illness or severe injury. These units guarded prisoners, worked as cooks or at hospitals to free up able bodied soldiers. The 32nd Co. 2nd Battalion Veterans Reserve Corp was stationed at the U.S. General Hospital at Hampton, Virginia. In a letter from Samuel Morey to Jerome Baldwin, he stated that he had escorted an insane man to the insane asylum in Washington, D.C. and also worked in the knapsack room at the hospital.
The descriptive muster roll of the 21st Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry lists his age as 24 and his occupation as farmer. He is described as 5’ 11” tall with a dark complexion and dark eyes and dark hair. His marital status is married.
He was born March 8, 1838 in Mansfield to Charles Lee and Eunice (Church) Morey/Mowry, In the 1850 U.S. census in Mansfield, he is enumerated as Ladoyt Mowrey, a 12 year old living in the household of Charles L. Mowrey. Samuel Morey married Mary Ann Buckingham on September 10, 1860 in Windham, Connecticut. After the Civil War, he was a farm laborer by the 1870 U.S. census in Windham, Connecticut.
Samuel L. Morey died on July 22, 1892 in Mansfield and is buried at the Atwoodville Cemetery in Mansfield.