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White, Austin W.


Age: 24, credited to Rutland, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, PVT, Co. K, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61

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Birth: 08/02/1836, Vermont
Death: 08/19/1877

Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 53261209


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
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


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Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT

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Austin White

Rutland Daily Herald, Aug. 20, 1877:

Last Saturday evening, between seven and eight o'clock, Austin W. White, employed by J.E. Johnson as clerk of the Farmers' Hotel, was added to the large number of victims who have been killed by the trains between here and Center Rutland during the past few years. According to his usual morning and evening custom, he had been up the track a short distance to a pasture to milk a cow, and was returning with a pail, walking on the outside of the track usually taken by freight trains entering the yard. Just as the freight From the north had reached the spot directly back of Davis & Curtis' brick building, he stepped upon the ties of the track and was struck and thrown under the train by the deadwood of the engine. The engine and five cars passed over him, and, when the principal portion of the body was afterward gathered up, about twenty-four feet beyond, nothing but the head and shoulders and one leg bore semblance to a human form. The remains were placed on a door and taken to the Farmers' Hotel, where the wailings of the victim's 13 year old boy was heartrending when he recognized the face of his father. After Dr. Mead had been summoned and pronounced his services useless, the sickening task of preparing the remains for burial was performed by Mr. W. J. Gilson, who removed the pieces of two watches, several coins and bits of clothing From the mass of bruised and broken flesh.

Henry Pratt, an old, experienced and careful employee of the road, was the engineer of the train which killed White, and Charles Liberty the fireman. No blame can be attached to anyone for the accident. White evidently supposed that the train was coming in on another track, the freight train being rather late, and stepped deliberately in front of the engine. Pratt had just gone to the fireman's side to closely watch the switches, when Liberty, who had caught sight of White, about three feet ahead, exclaimed in a startled tone, "We're running over a man," and the engine was reversed so quickly that a flat car, unloaded, was thrown From the track. The mischief was done, however, and another man slaughtered within a few rods of the spot where several others have lost their lives.

Austin W. White was 41 years old, the owner of some property, of good habits, perfectly honorable in his dealings, and a man of whom every one who knew him has the best report to make. His wife died some years ago, but he leaves a son and daughter, 13 and 9 years old, the latter returning from a visit to Manchester just in time for the funeral yesterday afternoon. This was largely attended at the Methodist church at 3 o'clock, the choir furnishing suitable music and Rev. Mr. Edgerton presiding. The service was most affecting, and the face of the deceased, exposed at their close, was viewed by nearly all present. The remains were afterward removed by the bearers, mostly boarders at the Farmers' Hotel, and taken to Evergreen Cemetery for burial, a long procession following. The deceased was a brother of Mrs. Lawson Dawley.

Courtesy of Jennifer Snoots.