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Russell, Hiram L.

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 20, credited to Cabot, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/11/62, m/i 9/1/62, Pvt, Co. I, 11th VT INF, m/o 6/24/65

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VITALS

Birth: 09/17/1843, Saint-Armand, Canada East
Death: 02/26/1931

Burial: Cabot Village Cemetery, Cabot, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Monica White

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 11/4/1879
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

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


DESCENDANTS

2nd Great Grandfather of Elaine Magnan, Saint Albans, VT

2nd Great Grandfather of Deborah Best, Hamden, CT

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BURIAL:

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Tombstone

Cabot Village Cemetery, Cabot, VT

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Obituary

Hiram Lawrence Russell

Hiram Russell was born in St. Armand, P. Q., Sept. 17, 1843, the son of Joseph and Sarah Voodry Russell. When less than two years old, the family moved to Fairfield, Vt., later to Woodbury and finally to Cabot which has been the home of Mr. Russell ever since.

He enlisted in the Civil war in August, 1862,and served until the close of the war. He was in twenty or more of the most important skirmishes and engagements such as Spottsylvania, North Anna, Hanover, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Washington, D. C., Strausburg, Charleston, Winchester, Fisher's Hill, Mount Jackson, New Market and Cedar Creek, and also helped to break the lines to Petersburg, Sailor Creek and Farmsville in April, 1865. By reading history we know that these engagements lasted from one to ten days. It has often been said by Mr. Russell's comrades that a braver soldier never carried a gun than Mr. Russell. His was a wonderful war record, and although he suffered much hardship and had many narrow escapes, the kind hand of Providence brought him safely home to kindred and friends.

June 4, 1866, Mr. Russell was united in marriage to Nancy J. Hall, and to this union four children were born, Henry, who died in 1896, Annie, wife of George Adams of Orleans, Katey, wife of Burt Lyford of Cabot, and Leslie, who resides in Barre. Besides his wife and children, he is survived by three grandchildren, Glen Adams Reed of St. Johnsbury, Virginia and Max Russell of Barre, and Russell and two great-grandchildren, Ronald Reed of St. Johnsbury. Had Mr. Russell lived four months more, their married life would have numbered 65 years, and in his declining health he depended on this companion, calling her “Jennie” and always wanting her near him even when his mind was not quite clear about other things.

On the afternoon of Feb. 26, the Great Commander issued his last call to Commander Russell, and to this call as when in service to his country, he answered, “I am ready” and quietly passed away. Mr. Russell's funeral was held at his late home on Elm street Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, Rev. W. F. Hill of Waterbury Center, a former pastor and friend of the family, officiating. There were many beautiful floral offerings, and the flag of Morrill post, No. 71, G. A. R., which he had loved and carried for 25 years, rested on the casket. He was laid to rest in the family lot in Cabot cemetery.

Mr. Russell was mustered into Morrill post, No. 71, G. A. R., in April, 1884, and was always a loyal member. He will be missed in Morrill W. R. C. Where he was ever a faithful ally and ready to spin a yarn or crack a joke. As Rev. Mr. Hill said, “He had a sense of humor and could always see the funny side of things.” He was a good citizen, a lover of children, and was “Grandpa” Russell to all the children in the village. Mrs. Russell was assisted in the care of her husband by their daughters and their husbands, Leslie coming from Barre whenever needed for any special help.

Mr. Russell was a good husband, a loving father, a patriotic citizen, loyal to his country and his friends. He has folded his tent and silently stolen away. There is the comforting thought that he lived a useful life,and as friends gazed on the familiar form in its casket under the folds of the dear old flag, peacefully resting with his badge on h is breast, one could but think:

Oh button of bronze, how much we owe,
The hero on whose breast you show,
Our peaceful homes, out liberty,
Our birthright to a country free."

Source: Barre Daily Times, March 4, 1931.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.