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Shontell, Leander


Age: 19, credited to Middlesex, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF, VRC
Service: enl 12/16/61, m/i 2/18/62, PVT, Co. E, 8th VT INF, wdd 9/4/62, tr to VRC 2/27/64, m/o 8/3/64

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Birth: 04/1841, Saint-Jules, Canada East
Death: 03/22/1882

Burial: St. Johns Cemetery, Northfield, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Shanon Chaput
Findagrave Memorial #: 25587713


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/26/1864; widow Mary M., 4/15/1882
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


3rd Great Granduncle of Shanon Chaput, Grantham,NH

3rd Great Granduncle of Tina Laforest, Orange, VT

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St. Johns Cemetery, Northfield, VT

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Esther Shontell

Mrs. Esther Shontell, of this town, sent seven sons to the army in this war. William, who measured 6 feet, 8 inches in height; Benjamin, 6 feet, 4 inches; Frederick, 6 feet, 3 inches; Leander 5 feet 9 inches; Louis 6 feet 1 inch; Joseph, 6 feet, 7 inches; Augustus, 6 feet. Two of the brothers were killed; and the mother draws a pension for one of them. Another left a widow, and two are pensioned on account of wounds.

"O, the strong Middlesex boys
Were mad for this war!
And the name of each hero
To the ages afar
Shall leave a track like a comet---
Each shine as a star.

Hemenway's Historical Gazetteer, 1882, iv:247

Submitted By: Deanna French.


There were four brothers in the regiment by the name of Shontell, all six-footers, and brave soldiers. One of them died of disease while in the service ; William is chief of police in the city of Brainard, Minn., and Xenophon Udall is a clergyman in Loyalton, Dak.

Source: 8th Vermont Infantry Regimental History off-site page 262