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Burbank, William H.


Age: 19, credited to Barnard, VT
Unit(s): 3rd NH INF
Service: enl 7/29/61, m/i, CPL, Co. G, 3rd NH INF, 823/61, pr SGT 12/7/61, 1SGT 7/3/63, reen 130/64 wdd, Drewery's Bluff, 5/16/64, apptd 2LT 5/21/64, revoked, m/o as 1SGT 7/20/65

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Birth: 01/08/1841, Haverhill, NH
Death: 05/09/1903

Burial: South Barnard Cemetery, Barnard, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Joie Finley Morris +
Findagrave Memorial #: 94666267


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/9/1866
Portrait?: David Morin 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: Died at Bridgewater, VT


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South Barnard Cemetery, Barnard, VT

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Dave Morin Collection

Service and Biographical material from Dave Morin

Civil War veteran. Sergt. William H. Burbank, 3rd New Hampshire Infantry, Co. G; b. Haverhill; age 19; res. Sandwich; enl. July 29, '61; must. in Aug. 23, '61, as Corp.; app. Sergt. Dec. 7, '61; 1 Sergt. July 3, '63; re-enl. and must. in Jan. 30, '64, from Tamworth; wd. May 16, '64, Drewry's Bluff, Va.; app. 2 Lt. May 21, '64; appointment revoked; disch. as 1 Sergt. to date July 20, '65. P. O. ad., Lyme, N.H. He married Lydia Ellen Quimby Dec. 12, 1864 at Sandwich, Carroll County, New Hampshire. He died May 9, 1903 at Bridgewater, Windsor, Vermont. Burial: South Barnard Cemetery, Barnard, Vt. CDV backmark: none.

He was the original 7th Corporal of Co. G, Capt. Wiggin. His warrant promotions were as follows: To Sergeant, 11 Dec. 1861; to 1st Sergeant, July 1863. He re-enlisted in January 1864. He was wounded at Drewry's Bluff, Va., in May 1864, and was sent to hospital at Point Lookout. While there he was commissioned 2d Lieutenant, dating 24 May, and was mustered into that grade 4 Oct., at the hospital. His muster appears to have been wholly unauthorized: i.e., it was in violation of existing orders, which forbade the muster of any officer unfit at the time for field service; and Burbank appears to have clearly come under that order. The muster was promptly revoked by the War Department. This proceeding and order may not have been poetic justice: but law and justice are not always synonymous terms. Meantime Burbank had been dropped from the company rolls (18 Nov.), as having been commissioned 2d Lieutenant in Co. I. Orders from the War Department compelled the commander of the company to take up Burbank on the rolls, and he became again the 1st Sergeant of Co. G and held that rank at the final muster-out of the regiment. He did not rejoin the regiment until its final discharge at Concord.



William Burbank, while harnessing his young stallion, Ralph Nelson, met his death last week. Just how it happened will always remain a mystery, for when found he was unconscious and remained so to the end. Dr. Holbrook of Woodstock was called and after an examination found the skull crushed at the base of the brain and gave no hope of recovery. Mr. Burbank was a great lover of horse and would have the best. The funeral was held Sunday from his late residence, Rev. Mr. Canfield of Woodstock officiating. Mr. L. A. Richmond was conductor. Among those from out of town attending the funeral were Fred Wilder, Charles Perry, Forrest Richmond A. L. Wood, L. D. Pratt, Philip Farley, William French, Justin Gibbs and Charles Deco.

Source: Bethel Courier, May 14, 1903
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.