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Foster, Elisha


Age: 30, credited to Brownington, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/4/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. F, 11th VT INF, wdd, Cold Harbor, 6/1/64, m/o 6/24/65

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Birth: 1832, Swanzey, NH
Death: 04/06/1911

Burial: Brownington Center Cemetery, Brownington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 43496110


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 1/7/1879; widow Amanda, 7/19/1911, 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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Brownington Center Cemetery, Brownington, VT

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Elisha Foster

The winter of 1911 will be remembered because of the large number of men whom death has taken from our community. To that number must now be added the name of Elisha Foster. He was born in Swanzey, New Hampshire, Jan. 5, 1832. While but a mere lad his parents moved to Vermont; first to Waitsfield, the to Coventry and in 1843 to Brownington. Here he attended the public schools a few years and assisted his father on the farm. When a young man he built a sawmill and went into the lumber business for himself. He kept at this business quite closely nearly all his active life. August 2, 1862, he enlisted in Company F, 11th Vermont Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war. He was wounded at the battle of Cold Harbor and mustered out of the service June 24, 1865. His first wife was Mary E. Sawyer of Charleston; she died the very month he entered the army. For his second wife he married Miss Amanda Foss of the 6th of April, 1867, so the day that he died was the 44th anniversary of their marriage. The greater part of his life was lived in Brownington, where he was always a leading citizen, ready to help every cause that benefited the town and where he was a very generous supporter of of the Methodist Episcopal church. His townsmen honored him with the various town offices, and in 1874 and 1888 sent him to represent their town in the state legislature. Six years ago he moved to Barton where he built a beautiful home on High street. Early in the winter his health began to fail rapidly and last Thursday he passed out into life at the age of 79 years and three months. The funeral took place on Saturday and was conducted by Rev. W. B. Dukeshire assisted by Rev. W. A. Warner. The service was attended by a large company of friends and Grand Army comrades. His remains were buried in Brownington cemetery. His wish that Grand Army comrades lower the casket into the grave was carried out. It would be difficult to exaggerate the good qualities of his character. In his home thoughtful, loving and cheerful. As a neighbor, kind and obliging. In business his record was one of success and of strictest integrity. He was a generous helper of every good work. As a friend he was genial and lovable. He will be greatly missed. He leaves a wife, an adopted son, Charles S. Foster, and a brother to feel very keenly their loss.

Source: Orleans County Monitor, April 12, 1911.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.