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Kelley, James Williams


Age: 31, credited to Bradford, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 12th VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, CPL, Co. D, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; comn 2LT, Co. H, 12th VT INF, 9/22/62 (10/2/62), pr 1LT, 3/10/63 (4/16/63), m/o 7/14/63

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Birth: abt 1830, Vermont
Death: 05/11/1898

Burial: Upper Plain Cemetery, Bradford, VT
Marker/Plot: No_Marker
Gravestone researcher/photographer:

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 4/11/1890, VT; widow Sarah B., 5/25/1898, VT, not approved
Portrait?: 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: WPA Graves Registration Card indicates "no marker."


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Upper Plain Cemetery, Bradford, VT

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VHS - Reunion Society Collection


Death of Lieut. J. W. Kelley - An Honorable Officer of the Civil War.

Lieut. James Williams Kelley of Bradford died Friday, May 6th, of ulceration of the liver, occasioned by malarial poisoning contracted in the army during the war of the rebellion. He was 68 years old lacking four days, and leaves a wife and one son. Lieut. Kelley was born on Bradford and always lived here except when in the United States service and has always been a hard working and successful farmer. He was a member of the Bradford Guards when the war of the rebellion broke out and was a corporal in that company during its three months’ term of service. He had command of the squad who fired the last volley over the grave of Benjamin Underwood at the cemetery near Fortress Monroe, the first Vermont soldier who lost his life in the war of the rebellion. When the 12th Vermont regiment was called out Lieut. Kelley went out as second lieutenant of Co. H in that regiment and was promoted to the position of first lieutenant during his term of service. He was a good soldier and an excellent officer, without show or unnecessary display. During the spring of 1863, when so many were on the sick list, he did double duty. He was commander of Washburn post No. 17 of the Grand Army of the Republic at Bradford for two years. For years he scorned to ask for a pension, but finally his failing health and the advice of friends induced him to ask for what he was entitled to. About six months ago the disease which finally took him began to develop itself and for months he was about our streets the image of death. His complexion was a sickly yellow and his pinched and shrunken features told of the disease that was preying upon his vitals. Funeral services will be held in the Congregational church conducted by Rev. H. T. Barnard. The Grand Army and Sons of Veterans will attend in a body.

Source: Burlington Free Press, May 8, 1898.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.