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Minor, Albert

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 21, credited to Fairfield, VT
Unit(s): USN
Service: enl, New York, 6/4/64, LNDS, USN, m/o 3/29/67; Vessels: Seminole, Potomac, Estrella,Vermont

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VITALS

Birth: abt 1842, St. Albans, VT
Death: 08/01/1896

Burial: Marion National Cemetery, Marion, IN
Marker/Plot: 1/364
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Dave & Julie Buckmaster
Findagrave Memorial #: 2863452

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: IN, KS
(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 by being run over by Electrick Street-Car, Aug. 1st 1896" - from the register of Marion National Home for Disabled Veterans

DESCENDANTS

2nd Great Granduncle of James Brunelle, Hudson, NH

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BURIAL:

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Tombstone

Marion National Cemetery, IN

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Article

And Old Veteran
Was in the Terrible St. Louis Death Dealing Cyclone.
Albert Minor Saw a Roof Taken Off Right Over His Head-He Rescued Many Persons Imprisoned in the Debris-He Gives a Graphic Description.

Albert Minor, a veteran of the late war was in Muncie today enroute from St. Louis to the Soldiers' Home at Marion. He was in St. Louis during the terrible cyclone and to a party of comrades this morning vividly described that which had come under his notice.

On the evening the cyclone struck the metropolis, Minor was asleep in a hotel. He was awakened by the crashing of timbers and saw the upper portion of the hotel blown away. Several bricks were dropped on his head and in about two seconds the old soldier had his clothes on and was ready for battle. Out into the street he ran and the sight that ht witnessed appalled him. On every side were dead and injured, cries for help, and demolished buildings.

Minor heard a particularly plaintive cry for aid and located it in a huge pile of debris. He tore away timbers and soon noticed a little child pinioned down. Calling for help the old soldier labored rapidly and soon had the little one released. Then he assumed charge of a band of volunteers and began digging the injured from the wreckage. He noticed a man bend over a dead body and rifle the pockets. As quick as a flash Minor hurled a rock at the ghoul and struck him between the shoulders. The thief ran but was captured by a policeman who gave him a deserved clubbing and hustled him off to the station house. Minor says the scene after the cyclone passed is almost beyond description.

Source: The Muncie (IN) Daily Herald, 8 Jun 1896.
Transcribed by Tom Ledoux.