Cole, Eugene Otis
Age: 27, credited to Bennington, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT INF, 5th VT INF
Service: enl 5/7/61, m/i 7/20/61, SGT, Co. A, 2nd VT INF, ; pr 1SGT 9/14/61, comn 2LT, 5/21/62 (5/21/62, pr 1LT, 10/17/62 (11/5/62), m/o 6/29/64; comn MAJ, 5th VT INF, 12/26/64 (1/30/65), Bvt LTC, 4/2/65, for gallantry at Petersburg, pr LTC, 6/9/65 (6/28/65), m/o 6/29/65 as MAJ
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Birth: 11/13/1832, Shaftsbury, VT
Burial: State Veterans Home Cemetery, Monte Vista, CO
Marker/Plot: Veterans Center
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jim Davenport
Findagrave Memorial #: 99069476
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/22/1893, CO
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: CO
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)
Cousin of H. Jane Stickle Crosier, New Palestine, IN
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State Veterans Home Cemetery, Monte Vista, CO
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AN IMPOSTER AT WORK.
Main Claiming to be Civil War Veteran Asking for Help.
Col. Thomas Hannon, superintendent of the Soldiers' Home in Bennington is thoroughly convinced that an impostor is working his way through the southern part of the state by representing himself to be a former resident of Bennington and veteran of the Civil War.
Col. Hannon has received three different communications regarding the man, the last of which was from Chester. Previous to this the man had put in an appearance in Massachusetts and in Grafton, this state. The wanderer tells several different stories. One is that he has been an inmate of the Soldiers' Home, and is on his way back to that institution but lacks the funds to make the journey. Another representation is that he has personal property here that he wishes to secure. He gives his name as Eugene Otis Cole, a fact that stamps him as an impostor for the roster of the Vermont troops in the Civil War shows that Eugene Otis Cole was a resident of Bennington, but that he was also lieutenant colonel of the 5th Vermont and that he now resides in the West and has not been East for over 20 years.
Source: The Brattleboro Reformer, 4 Jan 1907.
South ShaftsburyCol. Eugene O. Cole, well-known here, died in Montevista, Col., July 27. He was born in Shaftsbury, the oldest son of David G. and Caroline Stickle Cole, and lived here until 1861, when he enlisted. He was appointed sergeant June 20, 1861, first sergeant September 14, 1861, first lieutenant May 21, 1862, second lieutenant October 17, 1862 and was mustered out June 29, 1864, with honor of colonel. Since that time most of his life was spent in Sargents, Neb., until a few years ago, when he went to a soldiers' home in Montevista. HIs death was caused by the amputation of a leg. His funeral was held July 29. Two brothers survive him, Felix of Minneapolis, and Erskine of Bennington.
Source: Rutland Daily Herald, 2 Aug 1907.