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Stapleton, Patrick

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 34, credited to Rutland, VT
Unit(s): 13th VT INF
Service: enl 8/22/62, m/i 10/10/62, Pvt, Co. A, 13th VT INF, m/o 7/21/63

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VITALS

Birth: 04/15/1828, Ireland
Death: 12/24/1883

Burial: St. Patricks Cemetery, Wallingford, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: John Arsenault
Findagrave Memorial #: 50072061

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/27/1877; widow Margaret A., 7/22/1890, 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: 13th Vt. History off-site

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St. Patricks Cemetery, Wallingford, VT

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Patrick Stapleton

Rutland Daily Herald & Globe, Dec. 27, 1883:

It was stated in Tuesday's HERALD that there was some doubt regarding the identity of the person killed by the cars at West Rutland Monday night. The remains of the unfortunate man were viewed by a number, among the several who were well acquainted with John Howard, and they were positive to his identity. It has since been learned that the deceased is Patrick Stapleton of Wallingford, a man about 55 years of age, and in personal appearance closely resembling Howard. His interment took place at Wallingford yesterday. He leaves a wife and eight children. There seems to be a thick cloud of mystery enveloping his tragic death, which may never be satisfactorily explained. It has been learned that Stapleton was in Rutland during the day and in West Rutland during the afternoon. He started for Rutland about 6 o'clock, as near as can be learned, and when Centre Rutland was reached he turned under the high bridge, passing through the marble yard, and, turning to the west, drove upon the track at the switch at the west end of the bridge. He kept on the track, the sleigh being some of the time inside the rails and again outside, until a sluiceway was reached. It seems that this was passed in safety, although there were openings sufficiently large for the horse to step into. Just beyond this place and about seven rods from the wooden bridge crossing the small creek, the horse was detached from the sleigh in a manner unknown. The horse kept on and fell through the bridge, being caught by the beams on the side and held suspended. Half way between the sleigh and the bridge Stapleton was killed. At the time he was struck he was lying on his back, extended across the track. The engineer saw him too late to stop the train, although he did all in his power to do so. The rest is known to our readers. Judge Everts, first selectman, has carefully questioned all who had knowledge of the above facts above narrated and has in person made an examination of the ground, walking over the track from the switch to the bridge. The only solution of the mystery is that the man was under the influence of liquor and knew not what he did. His pocket book was found empty and the railroad employees say his body was cold when picked up, indicating that he might have been dead before being struck by the engine.

Courtesy of Jennifer Snoots.

13th Vermont Regimental History