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Rouhan, James


Age: 27, credited to Brookfield, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: US CAV, 57-61; enl 8/23/64, m/i 8/23/64, PVT, Co. A, 1st VT CAV, pr SGT 11/1/64, wdd, 4/3/65, m/o 5/23/65

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Birth: 03/29/1837, County Tipperary, Ireland
Death: 10/15/1914

Burial: West Topsham Cemetery, Topsham, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 75944246


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 11/4/1865; widow Helen, 10/22/1914, 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: Pension also lists Co. G, 2nd US CAV, and Co. G, 5th US CAV and "Old War," usually refering to the Mexican War, but he wasn't old enough to have served then (late 1840s)


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West Topsham Cemetery, Topsham, VT

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James Rouhan, Deceased, Fought for Country in Many Battles of Civil War.

James Rouhan died at West Topsham Oct. 25, after a long illness, at the age of 77 years. Mr. Rouhan was born in county of Tipperary, Ireland, and sailed from Ireland in 1849 for Canada, having lost his mother, brothers and sisters by cholera after landing in Canada. James came to Vermont and worked for the Central Vermont railway for a short time, afterward finding work at Mr. Kingsbury's in Warren.

At the age of 20 years he went to Boston to enlist in the navy, but was not accepted because of foreign birth. Next day, August 29, 1857, he enlisted in the United States cavalry and served in the west in the Indian campaign and was promoted to sergeant at Wichita mountain. At the outbreak of the Civil war he was serving under Capt. Stoneman near the Mexican border.

Upon the surrender of Capt. Stoneman to the Confederates, he, with the other loyal United States troops, sailed for Bagdad, and from there to Carlyle barracks, New York, going from there to Washington, where they were remounted; fought in the first battle of Bull Run, was wounded in both legs and after about three months in the hospital at Alexandria was back in the ranks. He was in the seven day fight, the second battle of Bull Run, Gettysburg, Culpepper courthouse, Kilpatrick's raid around Richmond, Spottsylvania, Malvern Hill, Winchester, Cedar creek, Sheridan's raid from Winchester to the White House in March '65 and Five Forks.

Mr. Rouhan was shot through the lungs at Namazine church, April 3, '65, and, after being in the hospital at Annapolis about two months, came back to Vermont, having served six years in the United States cavalry and two years in company A, 1st Vermont cavalry.

In his final sickness, sometimes when his mind would wander, he was again fighting their battles of his earlier days and those who attended him were deeply impressed by the scenes of suffering and privations he endured for his adopted country.

Mr. Rouhan was twice married, and is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters, James Jr., of East Orange, Mrs. Eugene Tillotson of this place, Dennis Rouhan, proprietor of the Woodsville furniture store, Woodsville, N. H., Mrs. Carroll Ricker Groton, and Miss Mamie Rouhan of the normal school at Johnson.

Source: Barre Times, Nov. 17, 1914
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.