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Gordon, John William


Age: 19, credited to Moretown, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 11/12/61, m/i 11/19/61, Pvt, Co. C, 1st VT CAV, pow, VA, 9/22/63, prld 9/29/63, pow, Stony Creek, 6/29/64, Andersonville, prld 5/9/65, m/o 5/26/65

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Birth: 10/13/1841, Moretown, VT
Death: 01/31/1920

Burial: Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
Marker/Plot: Lot 1150
Gravestone photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 163954413


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
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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Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT

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Wm. Gordon, of Moretown, of 1st Vermont cavalry, captured on the 29th of June, 1864, has returned home from the rebel prison at Florence, S C, and brings intelligence of the death of his comrade, Philander A. Preston, of Middlesex, about the 20th, of December last, from disease induced by the barbarities of the rebel authorities. Mr. Preston was captured June 29th, 1864. This is the first intelligence the friends of Mr. Preston have received since the 8th of December last.

Source: Vermont Watchman and State Journal, June 2, 1865.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.



The funeral of John William Gordon took place at 2 o'clock this afternoon from his late home in Jones Brook, Moretown, and the body was placed in the vault at Green Mount cemetery until spring when the interment will take place. Mr. Gordon died suddenly last Friday evening, after he got up and built the kitchen fire at 5 o'clock. Mr. Gordon was a member of Co. C, First Vermont Cavalry during the Civil War in which he enlisted Nov. 12, 1861. He was taken prisoner Sept. 22, 1863 and paroled Sept. 29, 1863. He was again taken prisoner July 29, 1864 and sent to Andersonville prison from which he escaped May 9, 1865. He was pursued by blood hounds and according to the story he told friends he and his companion shot their pursuers and escaped into the Union lines. He was mustered out May 26, 1865. He did not know Gen. Lee had surrendered until after he got back among his comrades. He formerly lived in the house owned by Henry Carr on Seminary hill.

Source: Montpelier Evening Argus, February 2, 1920.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.