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Sargent, Jackson G.


Age: 20, credited to Stowe, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF
Service: enl 8/17/61, m/i 9/16/61, PVT, Co. D, 5th VT INF, reen 12/15/63, pr CPL, pr SGT 10/17/64, wdd, Spotsylvania, 5/12/64, comn 1LT, Co. K, 5/10/65 (5/31/65), m/o 6/29/65 (Medal of Honor)

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Birth: 12/29/1842, Stowe, VT
Death: 10/02/1921

Burial: Riverbank Cemetery, Stowe, VT
Marker/Plot: Section 4 East-B, lot 55
Gravestone photographer: Deanna French/Barb Baraw
Findagrave Memorial #: 22675


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/26/1886
Portrait?: 1907 Reunion, Co. D, 5th VVI, VHS Collections
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


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Riverbank Cemetery, Stowe, VT

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This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor

Jackson G. Sargent

Rank and Organization: Sergeant, Co. D, 5th Vermont Infantry.
Place and date: Petersburg, VA, 2 Apr 1865.
Entered service at: Stowe.
Born: 29 Dec 1841, Stowe.
Died: 2 Oct 1921.
Buried: Riverbank Cemetery, Stowe. (Section 42 East-B, Lott 55.)
Date of Issue: 28 Oct 1891.
Citation: First to scale the enemy's works and plant the colors thereon.


VHS - Reunion Society Collection


VHS - Portrait Files (FPO)

St. Albans Daily Messenger, June 28, 1905

Receives Medal for Bravery
Jackson Sargent, of Stowe, recently received a medal from the United States government which he prizes very highly. The medal is suspended by a loop of blue ribbon decorated with white stars and consists of a bar of bronze, surmounted by an eagle with the word "valor" on the bar. From the bar depends a large five pointed star decorated with an enameled wreath of green laurel, a helmeted head on the back, and the inscription, "Sergeant Jackson Sargent, Co. D, 5th Vermont Infantry, Vol., April 2, 1865, Petersburg." There is also a blue button and a blue ribbon to wear around the neck with the medal.
This medal was given to Mr. Sargent in exchange for the one given him many years ago for a brave deed, he being the first to plant the colors on the enemy's works at Peterburg when they yielded to the boys in blue April 2, 1865. The Memorial Record, prepared by R. A. Savage, says of Mr. Sargent, "He was always ready to duty and took part in all the battles of his regiment. He was also ready for emergencies, for when during another engagement the staff of the flag he was bearing was hit by a ball and split, he produced a string from his pocket and tied the broken staff together and went on ahead with the colors as before."


Morrisville Messenger: Oct 12, 1921
Jackson Sargent, a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home on Maple Street about 6 o'clock Sunday evening, Oct 2, after two weeks illness from the effects of a shock.
Mr. Sargent was born in Stowe in December, 1841, and passed most of his life here.
As color Sargent in Company K, 5th Vermont Regiment, he was the first man to plant his flag on the parapet of the fort at Petersburg when the federal troops broke through the Confederate lines in the final charge of the war.
He was promoted to first lieutenant for the bravery displayed in this battle and later received a medal from congress, and has also received an augmented pension. He received a slight wound while planting his colors on the break-works.
He was mustered out at the close of the war after three years and ten months service. He was one of the few surving members of the H.H. Smith Post, G.A.R., at the time of his death. held the office of junior vice-commander, and quartermaster sergeant.
Mr. Sargent leaves two sons. Dr. Howard E. Sargent of Island Pond, and Walter Sargent of Morrisville, four grandchildren, Emmons W. Sargent, a veteran of the World War, Bernadine and Jackson Sargent of Island Pond, and W.M. Sargent jr. of Morrisville; two brothers, Henry Sargent and Charles T. Sargent, and a sister, Mrs. H.T. Raymond of Stowe. A son, Fred J. Sargent died in1898.
His first wife, and the mother of his children, Mrs. Caroline Harlow Sargent, died in 1895, and his second wife, Mrs Clara Douglass Sargent, died in 1919.
The funeral for Jackson Sargent was held at his late home Thursday afternoon, The Rev. C. E. Hayward officiating. The bearers were his two sons, Dr, H. E. Sargent, W. M. Sargent, a grandson E. W. Sargent, and a nephew L. C. Sargent. There was a profusion of beautiful flowers.
The burial was made in the Riverbank Cemetery. Twenty members of the Donald McMahon Post, American Legion, acted as an escort to the cenetery and carried out the impressive ritual burial service, Gale H. Shaw acting as chaplain. A firing squad from the Legion fired a salute over the grave, and G. J. Montgomery as buglar sounded taps.
There was a large attendance, including Commander S.C. Spaulding of the H.H. Smith Post G.A.R., and a large number of the Relief Corps members, Commander G. L. Bates, Donald Moffat, Charles Mould and James Eaton of Morrisville, and L.P. Butts of Hyde Park, members with Lieutenant Sargent of Co. D., Fifth Vermont Regiment.
Relatives and friends from out of town were: Dr. & Mrs. H.E. Sargent of Island Pond, Mr.& Mrs W.M. Sargent, F.S. Edson, Mr & Mrs. D. S. Luce, F.G. Fleetwood, Mrs. Lizzie Robinson, Mr. & Mrs. O.M. Wareman, and R.H. Hurlbert of Hyde Park, C.H. Douglass of Waterbury, and Mrs. Lucretia Sargent and sons, Frank and Widd, of North Hyde Park.

Submitted by: Deanna French.

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NARA File Number: D-10216-EB-1886.