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Sherwood, Ralph


Age: 21, credited to Fairfield, VT
Unit(s): 12th VT INF
Service: enl 9/1/62, m/i 10/4/62, Pvt, Co. E, 12th VT INF, m/o 7/14/63

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Birth: abt 1841, Fairfield, VT
Death: 10/19/1912

Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, St. Albans, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/26/1883, VT; widow Ida W., 12/22/1913, 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: See Benedict's Army Life in Virginia


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Greenwood Cemetery, St. Albans, VT

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Death of Dr. Ralph E. Sherwood

Dr. Ralph E. Sherwood, aged nearly 72 years, died at his home on North Main st., Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock after an illness of about ten weeks of a complication of diseases. Dr. Sherwood was born in Fairfield Dec. 23, 1841, the son of Johnathan and Laura (Sturtevant) Sherwood. His early ancestors of his father's side came from England and settled in Fairfield, Conn. His ancestors on his mother's side came from Holland. His later progenitors emigrated from Fairfield, Conn. To Fairfield, Vt., among the earliest settlers in that town. His grandfather, Dyer Sherwood, served in the Revolutionary Army for four years and was at Valley Forge with General Washington and was also at Yorktown when Lord Cornwallis surrendered. He also served in the War of 1812 with three of his sons. Fourteen grandsons of Dyer Sherwood served in the War for the Union. The subject of this sketch obtained his early education in the public schools of Fairfield and at Bakersfield Academy. Choosing medicine as a profession, he entered the Cleveland (Ohio) Medical college in 1858 and was pursuing his studies when the Civil War broke out. In April, 1861, he enlisted as a private and served three months with the Ohio volunteers. Returning to Vermont, he continued the study of medicine in the office of Dr. J.O. Cramton of Fairfield, and was graduated from the Berkshire Medical College at Pittsfield, Mass., in 1862. In September, 1862, he enlisted in Company E, Twelfth Vermont Regiment. He was detailed to the regimental hospital and, November 26, 1862, was appointed acting assistant surgeon and was on detached duty from that time until ordered to return to his regiment. In June, while it was on the march in Gettysburg, Pa., and was present at that battle during the second and third days and helped to care for the wounded. Doctor Sherwood began the practice of his profession in Fairfield (his native town) remaining there until December, 1879, when he returned to St. Albans where he built up a large and successful practice which he continued until about nine years ago. When his daughter, Dr. Grace Sherwood, returned home seven years ago to take up practice, Dr. Ralph Sherwood gave up active work. Doctor Sherwood was a member of the Vermont Medical Association, the Franklin County Medical Society and the St. Albans Medical Association (succeeded by a local clinical society)and had been president of the latter two societies. At the time of his death he was also a member of the St. Albans Clinical Society. He was for many years a member of the hospital staff of the St. Albans hospital. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and had been chancellor commander of the Unity Lodge, Knights of Pythias. He had also been commander of A.B. Hurlbut post, No. 60, Grand Army of the Republic of St. Albans and medical director of the Department of Vermont, G.A.R. Doctor Sherwood was a member of the first city council after St. Albans made the change from village to city and was also a member of the city board of school commissioners. He represented the town of Fairfield in the Vermont Legislature in 1876-77 and had been United States pension examining surgeon 10 years. He was a Democrat and had been honored by his party by being nominated for lieutenant-governor of Vermont and twice for the State senate. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Dr. Grace W. Sherwood and Miss Genevieve Sherwood of this city. The death of Dr. Sherwood removes the last of the older physicians of St. Albans and one of the last, if not the last, of the "old school" doctors in Franklin county. In the day of the old fashioned family physician Doctor Sherwood was very successful and had the confidence of all with whom he came in contact in his practice which carried him over a wide range of territory.

Funeral of Dr. Sherwood.

The funeral of Dr. Ralph E. Sherwood, who died at his home on North Main St. Saturday afternoon of a complication of diseases, was held at the house Tuesday at 2 o'clock. The Rev. H.L. Thornton, pastor of the Universalist church officiated, and the burial was in the South Main street cemetery. The bearers were Dr. C. E. Allen of Swanton, Dr. E.M. Brown of Sheldon, Dr. Alan Davidson, Dr. G. C. Berkley, Dr. S.W. Paige and Dr. Arthur Morton of this city. The honorary bearers were members of A.R. Hurlbut post, No. 60, Grand Army of the Republic. Post Hurlbut attended the funeral in a body and members of the post acted as escort. The St. Albans Clinical Society was present also in a body and there were representatives from the Franklin County Medical Society. There was no singing.

Source: St. Albans Daily Messenger, Oct. 24, 1912
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.