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Kelly, Charles

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 18, credited to Bennington, VT
Unit(s): 20th MA INF, 4th NY ARTY
Service: enl and m/i, 8/8/61, m/o 7/24/65, Co. E, 20th MA INF; as Willard Gilbert, enl., 12/23/63, Fort Ethan Allen,VA, m/i, Pvt, Co. B, 4th NY ARTY, 12/23/63 for 3 years, pow, Reams Station, 8/25/64, prld 9/24/64, Varina, VA, absent sick, since 2/65 and as m/o of company; see remarks

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VITALS

Birth: 01/11/1844, Brattleboro, VT
Death: 07/27/1918

Burial: Veterans Home Cemetery, Bennington, VT
Marker/Plot: 20
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 133258471

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: Gilbert, Willard
Pension?: Yes, 6/20/1891, CT, for 20th MA only
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: VT, ME
(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: Comment in 4th NY HARTY record: "(This man deserted from Co. E, Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteers, where he served under the name of Willard Gilbert, and enlisted in this organization in violation of twenty-second article of war.this office cannot recognize the legality of this enlistment, nor any claim for services rendered thereunder. The law views him as in a continuous state of desertion during the whole period of second enlistment.)" Died at Bennington Soldiers' Home.

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Article

Around The Campfire

Willard Gilbert, an old Brattleboro boy, recently returned to his native home after an absence of 36 years, when he enlisted with five others at the old Brattleboro House to join Co.E, of the 20th Massachusetts Regiment in the war. Last week he made application for admission to the Soldiers' Home at Bennington. He has a bad shoulder and back, the result of an injury a year or two ago, and he also lost an eye in battle, but has never asked for a pension until since he came here.

Source: West Randolph Herald and News, 27 Jan 1898

Source: West Randolph Herald and News, 27 Jan 1898
Transcribed by Tom Ledoux.

Obituary

Willard Gilbert
Veteran of Civil War Died at The Home This Morning.

Willard Gilbert, aged 75 years, died at the Soldiers' home early this monring. He had not been seriously ill but was in feeble health for some time.

Mr. Gilbert served four years in the Civil war as a member of Company E of the 20th Massachusetts Infantry. He has been an inmate at the home more or less since 1898 and in the twenty years has made many friends in the village.

The funeral will be held from the Soldiers' home chapel on Sunday at 5 o'clock. Interment will be in the home cemetery. Rev. P.L. Dow will officiate.

Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. James H. Crough of Vernon, Conn.

Source: The Bennington Evening Banner, 27 Jul 1918

Contributed by Tom Boudreau.