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Kelley, Eugene A.


Age: 20, credited to Fair Haven, VT
Unit(s): 1st USSS
Service: enl 7/5/64, m/i 7/5/64, PVT, Co. F, 1st USSS, d/dis 8/17/64

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Birth: abt 1844, Unknown
Death: 08/17/1864


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, father Obadiah A., 7/24/1890, MI
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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Local and State Items

A Patriot. -- A Fairhaven correspondence sends the following, which is most worthy of record:
"A patriotic young man of this town, a friend and correspondent of the noble and lamented Charles Mead of Rutland, upon hearing the sad intelligence yesterday of the death of his friend said emphatically, 'I will go and take his place.'
This morning he presented himself before the recruiting officer and enrolled his name among those of our brothers who are fitting for Liberty.

Source: Rutland Weekly Herald, 30 Jun 1864
Courtesy of Deanna French


Local and State Items

Death of Eugene A. Kelley.-- We are pained to hear of the death of Eugene A. Kelley, who enlisted between two and three months ago. He was taken sick with the typhoid fever on the 10th of August; on the 12th was taken to the hospital at City Point, and died on the 17th. It will be remembered that he was the young man who on learning of the death of Charles B. Mead of West Rutland, so promptly determined to take his place in the country's service.

He had attended the Union High School in Rutland between two and three years; went from here to the University of Michigan and left there after one years' study because he believed it his duty to help fight the battles of the Union. He came here to enlist, but our quota being then full he was persuaded by friends to wait. On hearing of young Mead's death, however, he, as before stated, promptly and without waiting for a bounty, decided to take his place in the Union ranks.

He was a good scholar, a fine young man as his acts proved, a patriot. His death occasions much sorrow among all who knew him.

Source: Rutland Weekly Herald, 15 Sep 1864.
Courtesy of Deanna French