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Read, Ogden Benedict


Age: 19, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): 10th VT INF, 39th USCI, 11th US INF
Service: enl 8/4/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. D, 10th VT INF, pr CPL 12/26/62, disch 3/28/64 for pr as CPT, 39th USCI, Bvt MAJ 3/13/65, for gallant and meritorious services in the field [College: UVM 65]

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Birth: 09/16/1843, Colchester, VT
Death: 04/13/1889

Burial: Elmwood Avenue Cemetery, Burlington, VT
Marker/Plot: 445
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 75866960


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Edith S., 12/30/1889, PA
Portrait?: History 10th Infantry
College?: UVM 65
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


3rd Great Grandfather of Pam Hill, -, KS

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Elmwood Avenue Cemetery, Burlington, VT

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(Haynes' History
Tenth Infantry)

Ogden B. Read

Marion Star (Marion, OH)

Monday - 15 Apr 1889

Suicide by Shooting - An Army Officer Ends his Earthly Career Apparently Without a Cause

Plattsburg, NY, April, 15 - About 11:30 o'clock Saturday night Capt. Ogden B. Read, of the Eleventh United States infantry, stationed at Plattsburg barracks, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. He had just returned from town, where he gone to obtain admission to the court house to hear the arguments in the Harrison murder trial, now being conducted there. After greeting his wife he went into the sitting room. A moment later Mrs. Read hears a shot, and ran into the room, where she found her husband lying on the floor with blood flowing from a pistol shot wound in his mouth. He had placed a revolver in his mouth, and the ball penetrated the brain.

Capt. Read was 46 years old, a native of Colchester, Vt. He enlisted as a private in the Tenth Vermont volunteers, in 1862, and gained promotion by brave and meritorious service to the rank of brevet major. He took part in many battles, including those of the Wilderness and the siege of Petersburg. He was severely wounded by the explosion of the Petersburg mine in 1864. He was for sometime in the general recruiting service in the west, and for two years has been commanding officer at the Plattsburg barracks. He was highly respected in the community. He leaves a widow and three children. The motive for suicide is not known.

Courtesy of Erik Hinckley.