Vermont Flag Site Logo
Find a Soldier Units Battles Cemeteries Descendants Pensions Towns

Getchell, Gorham C.


Age: 21, credited to Washington, VT
Unit(s): 10th VT INF
Service: enl 8/5/62, m/i 9/1/62, MSCN, Co. G, 10th VT INF, m/o 6/22/65

See Legend for expansion of abbreviations


Birth: 1841, Sunapee, NH
Death: 1925

Burial: St. Johnsbury Center Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: 110
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 107455557


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/11/1890, 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: 10th Vt. History off-site


(Are you a descendant, but not listed? Register today)


Copyright notice



St. Johnsbury Center Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT

Check the cemetery for location/directions and other veterans who may be buried there.


G.C. Getchell, Civil War Veteran, Buried

St. Johnsbury Man, 85, served Three Years as Drummer Boy, Hard Service.

St. Johnsbury, May 15. The funeral of German C. Getchell, a drummer boy in the Civil War who died here Wednesday morning in his 85th year, was held in Grand Army hall this afternoon. Born in Sunapee, N.H., in the winter of 1840, his boyhood days were spent in the Vermont towns of Marshfield, Chelsea and Washington. On August 5, 1862, he enlisted as a musician in Company G, of the 10th Vermont regiment and was mustered out at Burlington June 22, 1865.

In the three years of service his regiment participated in some of the serverst battles of the Civil War, including Gettysburg, Cold Harbor, Spottsylvania and Petersburg. In one of those engagements he saw what he estimates 10, 000 of his comrades fall in 20 minutes under the deadly fire of the Southern forces.

For the past 20 years he had resided in this town where his wife died in 1921. He was a member of Chamberlin post, No. 1, G.A.R., once the largest post in the state with 208 members. The membership today is 21 and several of the members came from Lyndonville and Concord where the posts surrendered their charters.

Source: Rutland Daily Herald, May 16, 1925
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.