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Needham, Joseph Bruce


Age: 24, credited to Shrewsbury, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF
Service: enl 8/28/61, m/i 9/21/61, SGT, Co. C, 4th VT INF, pr 1LT, Co. H, 5/5/64 (6/11/64), wdd, Spotsylvania, 5/12/64, pow, Weldon Railroad, 6/23/64, prld 3/1/65 from Columbia SC, tr to Co. F 2/25/65, m/o 7/13/65

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Birth: 09/06/1836, Shrewsbury, VT
Death: 01/19/1913

Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 18425799


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 4/13/1891, VT; widow Cordelia M., 1/25/1913, VT
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: None


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Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT

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Joseph B. Needham

Rutland Daily Herald, Jan. 20, 1913:

Joseph Bruce Needham, a veteran of the Civil war, and an old resident of this city, died at his home, No. 188 South Main street yesterday noon of heart disease.

Mr. Needham was born in Shrewsbury Sept. 6, 1836. He was educated in the schools of that town and at Black River academy at Ludlow.

He enlisted in Company C, 4th Vermont Regiment of Volunteers in August, 1861, and served with the Old Vermont brigade until June, 1864, when he was taken prisoner during the attack on the Weldon railroad in Virginia. He was confined in Libby prison, and other prisons at Charleston, Columbia and other places for nine months, and was released just before the grand review of the army at Washington when he had command of his company as first lieutenant.

At the close of the war Mr. Needham came to this city where he had been a resident ever since.

He was a contractor and builder for many years, later acting as a pension attorney with an office in the store of Howley Brothers on Center street .

He was a member of Roberts post, Grand Army of the Republic, and a charter member of Vermont lodge, Knights of Pythias. He served Roberts post as a past commander and was a past senior vice commander of the department of Vermont and was a chancellor commander of the Grand lodge of Vermont, K. of P., and a representative of that lodge to the Supreme lodge in 1896.

Mr. Needham is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Omeron H. Coolidge, and three grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at his late home Wednesday afternoon at 2.30 o'clock and burial will be in Evergreen cemetery.

Courtesy of Jennifer Snoots.