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Meacham, Lewis


Age: 0, credited to Unknown
Unit(s): 186th NY INF, 79th NY INF
Service: Pvt, 186th NY INF; trans to Co. A, 79th NY INF 5/30/65, m/o 7/14/65, Alexandria, VA as CPL (enl as Lewis M. Shattuck)

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Birth: 03/08/1846, New Haven, VT
Death: 10/02/1878

Burial: West Cemetery, Middlebury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 36203432


Alias?: Shattuck, Lewis M.
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Unknown
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 in Chicago, IL


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West Cemetery, Middlebury, VT

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Kindly hands laid the mortal remains of the departed journalist, Lewis Meacham, in the vault at Oakwood Cemetery yesterday afternoon, with all the honor and respect, and, what was more, with all the love and reverence due to the deceased by reason of his many virtues. From 1:30 up to 2:1`5 o'clock, when the solemn cortege moved, friends of the deceased arrived at Undertaker Elton's, some to take a last look on his face, some to follow him to his resting place. It is not desirable to give a list of those present. Those who were there were not on hand to show respect to any man, or to any craft, they were there because way down in their hearts they loved the whole-souled, kindly-natured, but manly fellow who had gone from their midst. It suffices to say that the bench, the bar, the pulpit, the army, journalism, the sporting world, almost every profession and known grade of honorable society contributed to swell the number of friends.

About 2:40 o'clock the depot was reached, and the body borne from the hearse to the funeral car bearing the name of the cemetery to which it runs. At this point a large number of friends had assembled and passed through the car. At 3 o'clock the journey to Oakwood was commenced, and after forty-five minutes run through the clear, bracing air, with the lake on one side and beyond the limits a pleasant spread of green fields on the other, the destination was reached. Willing and strong were the hands, but heavy the hearts of those who bore their friend into the little chapel, at the back of which, he who but a few brief hours ago was a part of the busy world, is now lying silent in death. The casket being rested and the company assembled, the Rev. Dr. Boardman delivered a touching address, detailing his acquaintance with the deceased's family, and him from youth upward, dwelling upon his courage, patriotism, and, above all, his peculiarly gentle nature, to which so many would testify. The reverend gentleman concluded by a brief but earnest prayer for the amelioration of the sorrow of the deceased's anguished relatives in Vermont.

One look more, and then the face of "Lew" Meacham was veiled from sight; the last solemn march taken, and the remains of a faithful friend, a good journalist, and a true man tenderly laid away.

The plate on the casket bears the inscription, "Died, Oct. 2, 1878, Lewis Meacham, aged 33 years." In recognition of the deceased's patriotism and military rank, the casket was draped in the stars and stripes, and his sword and cap placed upon it. The floral offerings selected by the committee appointed for the purpose consisted of a wreath, anchor and cross, and Messrs. Lawrence & Martin, of the driving park, sent a very handsome broken column, of tube roses, ivy and pansies.

Source: Burlington Free Press, October 9, 1878.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.