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Denison, George Stanton

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 0, credited to Royalton, VT
Unit(s): US Treasury
Service: U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue, LA, 1862; Collector of Customs, New Orleans, 1862-1864; agent, U.S. Treasury Dept., Texas, 65-66

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VITALS

Birth: 08/05/1833, Royalton, VT
Death: 08/24/1866

Burial: North Royalton Cemetery, Royalton, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Joie Finley Morris +
Findagrave Memorial #: 98316595

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: UVM 54
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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Tombstone

Cenotaph at North Royalton Cemetery, Royaldon, VT

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Obituary

Death of George S. Denison. - We learn with deep sorrow, of the death and burial at sea, on his way to attend the Convention of Southern loyalists at Philadelphia, of our friend, GEORGE STANTON DENISON, of New Orleans, formerly of Royalton. We have not time or heart today, to attempt adequately to notice this sad event.

Source: Vermont Journal, September 1, 1866

THE DEATH OF GEO. S. DENISON. - The death of Geo. Stanton Denison deserves a fuller mention in our columns than we could give in the hurry and bustle of the week before election. Yet in returning to so sad a theme we feel how short we must come of doing justice to the noble qualities of our deceased friend. He was born in Royalton, Vt., about the year 1833. The eldest son of a large family left to the care of a widowed mother, he came to College at Burlington, acquitted himself well as a scholar, and graduated with credit in the class of 1854. Having relatives in Galveston, Texas, he went thither in time became acquainted with and married a wealthy lady, the owner of large landed property in Texas and Florida, and settled at the South. His wife died a year or two after their marriage, leaving a little son as the fruit of the union. The war found Mr. Denison established at the South. Too many men of northern birth, situated as he was, found in their Southern ties the reason for abandoning the political faith of their fathers, and for casting in their lot with their Southern friends in their mad experiment of secession and rebellion. Not so Mr. Denison. Compelled to hold his peace in order to save his life and personal liberty, but protected from molestation by influential friends and by the fact that he was the trustee of large estates in land and negroes, he still never wavered in his allegiance to his government. Towards the close of the first year of the war, hearing nothing but stories of Northern disasters and Southern victories and believing that the government was in the last straits for soldiers, he started for the North to give aid of one more arm to the support of the national cause. Failing in every effort to secure a pass from the rebel war department at Richmond, he finally started back as if for New Orleans, and in company with a friend, a clergyman, also making his escape from Secessia, left the cars near Cumberland Gap, took to the woods and pushed for Nashville. He reached our lines after a foot journey of over 200 miles, the travelers being sheltered by day by the loyal men of Tennessee, and passed along by them by night from one lurking place to another. He reached Washington in April, 1862, to be met, to his joy and amazement, not by drafts or anxious calls for men for the forlorn hopes of a sinking cause, but by Mr. Lincoln's proclamation of Thanksgiving for the signal victories Port Royal, Roanoke, Forts Henry and Donelson, Pea Ridge and Pittsburg Landing and by Mr. Stanton's order to cease recruiting due to the plethora of supplies of men.

There was a place for him to serve the cause, however, as efficiently as in the army. After a short stay at the North, during which he wrote for the Free Press some articles on the causes and workings of the rebellion and the conditions of the South, which attracted wide attention, he was sent by Secretary Chase to New Orleans as the commercial agent of the Government, to reopen that port, after its recapture by Farragut, and was the first United States Collector of the port, after the restoration of the National authority there. He retained this respectable position for two or three years, leaving it to enter largely and successfully into the practical demonstration of the availability of free labor, on the cotton and sugar plantations of Louisiana, in which business he continued till his death.

By no means ultra in his views, but a true patriot and loyalist, he of course viewed with alarm the development and workings of President Johnson's "policy" at the South. He sided earnestly and strongly with the Union men of New Orleans, and was appointed by them a delegate to the loyal convention at Philadelphia. He had been prostrated by intermittent fever, and was in no condition of body to accept that duty; but his devotion to the cause, strengthened and intensified by the New Orleans riots, overcame the dictates of prudence, and though still feeble he started on the steamer Metamora to attend the Convention. The disease returned, and in spite of careful nursing and every care bestowed by a lady, the wife of an intimate friend, who was coming North on the same steamer, he sank under it, and on the seventh day out from New Orleans, his noble spirit took its flight.

Our sketch but mentions some of the more noticeable points of his life. They show that he was a true and an earnest patriot. To give anything like an adequate idea of the man, we should go on to tell how thoughtful and devoted a son, how affectionate a brother, how faithful friend he was, to describe the manly beauty of his countenance, instinct with the expression of pure and ennobling emotions; to show how frank, truthful, honest, independent, generous, and singleminded was his character; but for that our pen and the limits of such a notice are wholly inadequate. What a bow his death is to the family of which he was the prop and pride, can be imagined. His death is a loss for the country and for every good interest, and we mourn it sadly in common with a wide circle of sorrowing friends.

Source: Burlington Free Press, September 10, 1866.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.