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Coburn, Monroe Orlando


Age: 18, credited to Chelsea, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 11/21/63, m/i 12/5/63, Pvt, Co. I, 11th VT INF, wdd, Cold Harbor, 6/1/64, tr to Co. D, 6/24/65, m/o 8/25/65

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Birth: 05/03/1846, Braintree, VT
Death: 02/28/1925

Burial: Highland Cemetery, Chelsea, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 75643569


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/6/1869, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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Highland Cemetery, Chelsea, VT

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A Civil War Veteran Mustered Out

Monroe O. Coburn died Thursday, May 28, after a long period of decline from hardening of the arteries, the end being hastened by an attack of grip.

Monroe Orlando Coburn one of ten children of John M. And Mary (Kenney) Coburn, was born in Braintree May 2, 1846. When he was about five years old, the family moved to Washington, and shortly afterwards to the East Hill in Chelsea. After the mother's death when he was about eight years old, the family was broken up and the children scattered, the father not long after making his home with two of the older children in the house which has since been the family home. Monroe had a home for some years in the family of Jonathan Dubie in Corinth.

Nov. 21, 1863, he enlisted in Co. I, 11th Vermont Volunteers, and served with that regiment until mustered out Aug. 24, 1865. The regiment saw hard service with the Army of the Potomac and in the Valley of Virginia, and he received a slight wound in the hand at the battle of Cold Harbor. For much of the time he drove an ambulance wagon. He often spoke of seeing and hearing Gen. Sheridan on his arrival on the field of Cedar Creek after his ride from Winchester, "twenty miles away."

Soon after the close of the war he went to Lowell, Mass., where he had employment for a number of years. Nov. 21, 1870, he was married to Sarah G. Bartlett of Northampton, Mass. Two or three years after their marriage they came to Chelsea to care for Mr. Coburn's father in his declining years. For many years until his failing health the deceased was employed in various capacities, and his services were much in demand on account of his physical strength, his ready adaptability, his good judgment, his sound discretion, and his faithfulness to his employers. He was greatly interested in the Grand Army of the Republic, and for some years was commander of Waterson post, his wife being an active member of the Women's Relief corps. Mrs. Coburn died in 1920. They had sic children, of whom three are now living, Edmund M. Of Detroit, Mich., Almena H., who returned home eight years ago to care for her parents, and Pamelia M. (Mrs. Elmer L. Hooker) of Clawson, Mich. There are six grandchildren in Mrs., Hooker's family. One sister also survives him, Mrs. Alice Darling of Corinth, and several nephews and nieces.

The funeral service was held at the home on Saturday afternoon, Mr. Coburn's pastor, Rev. O. F. Rockwood, officiating, and members of the American Legion acting as bearers. The burial was in Highland cemetery, where taps were sounded at the grave.

There are now six Civil war veterans remaining in Chelsea, two of whom were present at the funeral of their comrade.

Source: Herald and News, June 4, 1925.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.