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Kinney, Benjamin Alden


Age: 25, credited to Randolph, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: enl 12/2/62, m/i 2/18/62, WGNR, Co. G, 8th VT INF, reen 1/5/64, pow 11/1/64, prld 2/5/65, m/o 6/28/65

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Birth: 04/28/1836, Braintree, VT
Death: 05/07/1908

Burial: South View Cemetery, Randolph, VT
Marker/Plot: 35-2-1
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Monica White

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


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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South View Cemetery, Randolph, VT

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Alden Benjamin Kinney, whom heart trouble completely prostrated the 6th last, inst. dropped asleep that night, never to awake again in this world, and breathed his last Thursday morning. He had for years been in a crippled condition from rheumatism and increasing infirmities, with the advance in age had for a long time made him more and more helpless.

Mr. Kinney was 72 years old, having been born in Braintree April 28, 1836, the son of Edmund and Esther Byham (Chase) Kinney. He served his country in the Civil War as a member of Company G., 8th Regiment, Vermont, and served throughout the war. The company, the second in Orange County, was recruited by the late Samuel P. Sprague, and Jack Mead, the latter being Lieuteniant. Among the surviving comrades are Fabien Dupuis, of this village, A. B. Hayward and D. W. Eaton, of the Center, William C. Dunham, of Braintree, and T. B. Kendall of Roxbury.

The regiment drilled at Camp Holbrook, in Brattleboro during the winter of 61-'62, and on the 4th of March, '62 left for the front. Thereafter it, or some part of it was under fire on 62 different days, taking part in 12 battles and skirmishes of note, besides taking part in all of the prominent engagements, besides many engagements of less importance. . Company G., all of the prominent engagements, Race Land, Boutte Station, Bayou des Allemands, burning of the gunboat Cotton; April 12-13 "63 at Bisland, the 44 day siege at Port Hudson, in which the soldiers were constantly under fire, Donaldsonville, Winchester, Fishers Hill, Woodstock, and Cedar Creek.

Mr. Kinney enlisted in 1861, a strong, robust man of 25, and was sent as a wagoneer from Boston with the horses to Ship Island, which he reached two weeks before his regiment arrived. When in camp at Algiers in June'62 he was taken sick, and the next summer while enroute to Sabins Pass contracted chills and fever, from which was never after entirely free. In Nov. 6'64 he was wounded by Mosby's guerillas in the left leg below the knee., and fell into the hands of the enemy in the Shenandoah Valley. For 17 days he laid in Libby prison, and was then transferred to Pemberton. which was not released on parole until Feb. 5, 1865. During his incarceration muscular rheumatism developed in his wounded limb, and later affected his back and shoulders, so that when he was discharged from the army in June, '65 he had transformed; four years of hard survive had transformed from a vigorous youth to an infirm veteran, whose portion was to be suffering for the rest of his life. In the 90 days of his imprisonment he lost 90 pounds of flesh, and only a strong curd on his appetite brought him safely out of the famished state that proved fatal to many weaker-welled victim.

After the war, Mr. Kinney beat his sword into a plowshare, and his spear into a pruning hook, to follow the life of a farmer, as long as he was able in any occupation. His home was always in Braintree and Randolph, with the exception of a short residence in Royalton, from whose Orville Bixby Post. N. 28, G.A.R. he was transferred to U. S. Grant Post No. 96, Feb. 1, 1903.

Before his enlistment he married Caroline Kathan, whose death occurred two years ago. They had no children, and the nearest relatives are nephews and nieces -- children of Mrs Kinneys' sister -- Mrs. William Lamson, Mrs. Levi Willis. and Mrs. William Lamson, and of his half brother, Wallace Mann.

The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the late residence of the deceased on South Pleasant Street, Rev. Fraser Metzger, of Bethany Church officiating, U. S. Grant Post attended in a body of 20, and formed the escort to the grave in Southview cemetery, where the burial service was according to the Grand Army ritual. Four comrades acted as bearers; T. B. Kendall, and W. C. Dunham of Company G. 8th regiment, S. S. Whitcomb and John Manney.

Source: West Randolph Herald and News, May 14, 1908.
Courtesy of Deanna French