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Foley, John J.


Age: 23, credited to Leicester, VT
Unit(s): 2nd VT LARTY
Service: enl 12/11/61, m/i 12/16/61, PVT, 2nd VT LARTY BTRY, pow, Jackson LA, 8/3/63, Andersonville, escaped 9/9/64, m/o 11/30/64

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Birth: 11/06/1838, County Tipperary, Ireland
Death: 02/10/1916

Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 32287233


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/20/1879, widow Anna, 3/3/1916, 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


Great Granduncle of Thomas Foley, Collierville, TN

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John Foley

Rutland Herald
February 11, 1916
Civil War Veteran Passed More Than a Year in Confederate Prisons
John Foley, a veteran of the Civil war, died early yesterday morning at his
home on Bellevue avenue. He had ben ill for some time with a complication
of diseases.
Mr. Foley was born in Tipperary, Ireland, 77 years ago. When he was 14
years old he came to this country, settling in Brandon. There he married
Miss Annie Tiernan, who survives him.
Mr. Foley's war record was a picturesque one. He enlisted in the Second
battery, Vermont Light artillery, in 1861. On August 3, 1863, he was taken
prisoner by the Confederates and was confined for over a year in the prisons
at Belle Isle, Va., and Andersonville, Ga.
At the end of that time Mr. Foley made a successful attempt to escape. For
17 days he was pursued and hunted and was at all times in eminent danger of
capture, but finally succeeded in making his way out of hostile territory
after having undergone terrible hardships.
The notoriously bad conditions in the Confederate prisons undermined his
health and he never entirely recovered from the effects of his imprisonment.
for the last nine years he has been unable to work.
Mr. Foley is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Alexander Eustace
and Mrs. T. W. Glynn of Keene, NH. Mrs. Glynn has been with her father for
the past four months. He is also survived by two brothers, Patrick Foley of
Keene and James Foley of Leicester, and three sisters, Mrs. W. Brainerd,
Mrs. O. W. Palmer and Mrs. Ellen Chassel of Brooklyn, NY.
The funeral will be held at the Church of the Holy Innocents Saturday
morning at 8:15 o'clock.

Rutland Herald
February 14, 1916
News of the City
Service Held Saturday Morning at Church of Holy Innocents
The funeral of John Foley, who died Thursday morning at his home on Bellevue
avenue, was held Saturday morning at the Church of the Holy Innocents. Rev.
W.N. Lonergan officiated. The ritual service of the G.A.R., of which Mr. Foley
was a member, was read at the house Friday afternoon and taps were sounded
by J.C. Cox.
A large delegation from Roberts post also attended the funeral Saturday
morning and acted as an escort to the body.
The bearers were J.T. Hurley, Hiram Kilburn, Peter Gould, Daniel Kennedy,
Gerald Derrigan and James O'Keefe. A double quartet consisting of Misses
Kathleen Canty, Mary Corcoran, Gertrude McBride, Mary R. Tully, Winifred
McLaughlin, Mary Cawley and Marguerite Parris and F. W. Perry sang in
addition to the music furnished by the regular choir. Miss Parris also sang
a solo.
The funeral tributes, which were numerous, included a Maltese cross from the
Woman's Relief Corps.
Those from ut of town who attended the funeral were P.H. Foley and Mrs. A.C.
Eustace of Keene, NH, and Mrs. James Foley of Brandon.

Contributed by Cathy Habes