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Fisher, Lewis W.
Age: 23, credited to Danville, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF
Service: enl 8/23/61, m/i 9/21/61, 1SGT, Co. H, 4th VT INF, comn 2LT, Co. D, 9/23/62 (1/24/63), pr 1LT, Co. I, 4/19/64 (5/5/64), pow, Weldon Railroad, 6/23/64, prld 3/1/65 from Columbia, SC, pr CPT, Co. A, 6/4/65 (6/17/65), m/o 7/13/65
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Birth: 1838, Danville, VT
Burial: Danville Green Cemetery, Danville, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 18425454
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/21/1880
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, Italo Collection, VHS Collections
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Danville Green Cemetery, Danville, VT
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TWO PROMINENT DANVILLE MEN HAVE PASSED ON
Capt. Fisher in Washington and Oram Stevens at His Home
Capt. Lewis W. Fisher died at his home in Washington Thursday, Dec. 2, aged 82 years. Funeral services were held at Danville, Sunday, Dec. 5.
Capt. Fisher was born in Danville, March 4, 1838, being the son of Joel H. And Fidelia (Ross) Fisher. He obtained his education at Phillips Academy in his native town and enlisted for service at Danville, Aug. 23, 1861, becoming a member of Company F, Fourth Vermont regiment. After drilling for a month the company was ordered to Camp Holbrook at Brattleboro, where he was a mustered into the United States service on Sept. 21, 1861. On the way to Brattleboro he was appointed First Sergeant and held that office until he was promoted to Second Lieutenant in Co. D, Sept. 23, 1862. He was promoted to First Lieutenant, Co. I, June 12, 1864. He was taken prisoner June 23, 1864, on the Weldon railroad and taken to Libby prison where he was kept a week. He was then transferred to the prison at Macon, Ga. He was continually transferred to Savannah, Charleston, Columbia and finally to Raleigh, where he was paroled.
From there he was marched to Wilmington where the Northern army had established itself. On March 1, 1865 transportation was furnished him to Annapolis where a leave of absence was given him for 30 days. He then returned to the parole camp at Annapolis and while there learned of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He was granted leave of absence to attend his funeral at Washington. After this he was exchanged and returned to the regiment. There he was promoted to Captain of Co. A, June 4, 1865.
Captain Fisher was an active member of Chamberlain Post, No. 1, G. A. R., holding all the offices and being Commander in 1908 when the Post celebrated its fortieth anniversary.
At the close of the war Capt. Fisher bought a farm in Goshen Gore and proceeded to help create the new town of Stannard, named in honor of General Stannard, a favorite with all Vermont soldiers. He was the town's first school superintendent, first road commissioner and, when an older man refused the honor, was elected the town's first representative to the legislature, a position filled so acceptably that he was re-elected to succeed himself.
After the war, Capt. Fisher engaged in farming and lumbering later purchasing the stock of goods at the store at St. Johnsbury East. He was postmaster in that village from 1896 to 1904, when having sold out his store he resigned as postmaster.
For the past few years Capt. Fisher has made his home in Washington though he has been a frequent visitor to St. Johnsbury, having spent several weeks in this town the past summer.
Source: St. Johnsbury Republican, December 8, 1920.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.