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Comstock, George W.


Age: 0, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): 12th US INF
Service: Co. H, 12th US INF; enl 3/5/64, mwia, Weldon Railroad, 8/18/64, d/wds 9/1/64, Washington, DC

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Birth: unknown, Unknown
Death: 09/01/1864

Burial: Village Cemetery, Shelburne, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Emmett Hoskin
Findagrave Memorial #: 22715470


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, father Bishop, 3/24/1882
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


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Village Cemetery, Shelburne, VT

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In Washington, Sept. 1st, George W. Comstock, of Shelburne, aged 17 years and 3 months.

He enlisted last March in the 13th U. S. Infantry, and left this place on the 18th of April for Fort Hamilton. Sailed from there for Fort Royal the 1st of May; on the march north from the latter place, to the White House, was taken sick and fell from the ranks, lay sick and alone in the woods three days and nights; feeling better on the fourth day he crawled from his hiding place to a brook near by, and while sitting there eating his hard tack and cold coffee, four rebel soldiers rode up; they took everything from his except his Bible, which he prized above all else. Three were for shooting him, the fourth said no, but gave him a parole and sent him North. He traveled 12 hours, was the taken up by a party of our scouts, taken to Alexandria and thrown into prison charged with desertion, was there three weeks, and then sent back to his Company. He was never well from that time until he was wounded Aug. 19Th, on the Weldon R.R., a Minie ball passing through his right lung. He was taken to Lincoln Hospital, Washington. A letter from one who visited the Hospital after his death says, "He died with a faith in God; prayed with the Chaplain the day previous to his death. The soldiers all loved him and hated to see him die; they did everything they could for him to the last. He asked to have then read to him from the Bible many times, which they did. He would not allow them to write to his parents after he knew he must die." He wanted to enlist for a long time before he gained the consent of his parents which they at last gave, and he went, never to return.

Source: Burlington Free Press, September 14, 1864
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.