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Ross, Charles


Age: 23, credited to Waterford, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/5/62, m/i 9/1/62, CPL, Co. A, 11th VT INF, pr SGT 8/2/63, pow, Weldon Railroad, 6/23/64, Andersonville, prld 11/20/64, comn 2LT, 5/23/65 (6/2/65), m/o 6/24/65 as SGT

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Birth: 09/03/1838, Waterford, VT
Death: 11/14/1926

Burial: Lower Waterford Cemetery, Waterford, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Beth Kanell
Findagrave Memorial #: 119786796


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 11/28/1882
Portrait?: Italo Collection
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

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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Casket Is Draped With Flags, Banked With Flowers

With casket flag draped, in recognition of his service as a soldier, and banked with beautiful flowers, the silent tribute of relatives and friends, the funeral of Charles Ross, G. A. R. veteran and respected citizen, was held from his late home on Lafayette street Tuesday afternoon. His pastor, the Rev. Ambrose C. DeLapp, officiated and there was a large attendance, especially representing the patriotic organizations with which he was closely affiliated, to pay the last mark of devotion and respect to one who by his long life of influence and service in the community had made himself worthy of the consideration and respect always accorded him.

Among the large number of people at the funeral, were seven comrades of the Grand Army and many members of Chamberlin Relief Corps. Among the relatives and friends from out of town were: Carl Ross, Albion, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wright, Glover; W. M. Wright, Mrs. Jennie Cutler and Ross Wright, Barton; Walter Johnson, Bert Gilfillan and Henry Moore, Barnet; Mr. and Mrs. Milo E. Ladd, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Powers, Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Stoddard, Mrs. Annie Morrison and son Raymond, Waterford.

The bearers were W. J. Farr, E. H. Cowles, V. E. Ticehurst and Clyde Barber.

He was in his 89th year, and had spent practically his entire life in St. Johnsbury, always taking a lively, active interest in public affairs, and giving of his time and means to enterprises that were destined to work for the lasting good of the community. The burial was in the family lot in the village cemetery at Lower Waterford.

Charles Ross was born in Waterford, Sept. 3, 1838, the son of Abraham and Hannah (Carpenter) Ross. His grandparents were the first settlers in the town. He received his education there and at St. Johnsbury Academy. He was a very successful teacher in his native town, and Concord and later, for a time, in Iowa. He became a successful farmer, and while a resident of Waterford, held nearly every important town office at one time and another. He was school director and school superintendent for 16 years and town clerk and treasurer for 16 years. He represented Waterford in the Vermont Legislature in 1878, and was for many years a member of the board of trustees of the Vermont Soldiers' Home. He came to St. Johnsbury in 1880, and had since resided here. He has held important local offices, including that of lister. He early became a member of the Congregational Church in Waterford, and later, of the South Church of St. Johnsbury, and was, at the time of his death, its senior deacon. He was a constant attendant until failing health made it necessary for him to forego the pleasure and profit he always received from attending upon all the exercises of the church.

Next to his church, the organization nearest his heart was Chamberlin Post, G. A. R., and he was a staunch supporter of its activities and always present at its meetings when possible. He was influential in his membership, and did all in his power to promote its usefulness. He had held several of its important offices including that of commander, in 1889, and had been its faithful adjutant for more than 25 years. During that time he had seen its membership at its peak, and its influence among the organizations of the town second to none, and had lived to see his comrades answer to the last roll call, one by one, until today only a faithful handful remain.

In 1866, Mr. Ross married Arabell Cutler and five children were born to them: Abby, the wife of Ralph D. Sherry, who died in 1914; Carl A. Ross of Albion, Mich.; Bertha L., the wife of Charles Wright of Glover; Mabel, the wife of Herbert W. Hovey of Belmont, Mass.; and Willie, a son who died some years ago. There was also a stepdaughter, Mrs. Albert Higgins, who died several years ago. There are 10 grandchildren: Jane, Bersey, Helen and Charles Ross of Albion, Mich.; John and Ann Hovey of Belmont, Mass.; Paul Sherry of Daytona, Fla.; Mrs. Maurice Leland of Natick, Mass.; and Ross Wright of Middlebury College. Mrs. Ross died in 1884, and in 1889, Mr. Ross married Mrs. Adelaide Marden, who died in 1914.

Mr. Ross had a proud record as a soldier during the Civil war. He enlisted in August, 1862, as a corporal in Capt. Morrill's Company A, 11th Vermont Regiment and was discharged June 24, 1865. During that time he was promoted to sergeant and finally to second lieutenant, and participated in the battle of Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg. On June 23, 1864, he was captured and sent to Libby prison, later transferred to Andersonville, and then to Milan, and finally paroled to Savannah, Ga.

One who knew Mr. Ross intimately said that the keynote of his life was his industry, kindness and unselfishness of service to those about him. He was possessed of a wonderfully cheerful and obliging disposition, and of energy and strength of judgment that made him the natural advisor and councilor to be constantly sought. He had the rare qualities of a true Christian gentleman and St. Johnsbury and the whole community is richer because he had been permitted to live and labor here so long and so effectively.

Source: St. Johnsbury Republican, November 18, 1926.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.