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Bonett, George W.


Age: 22, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 3rd VT INF
Service: enl 6/1/61, m/i 7/16/61, Pvt, Co. C, 3rd VT INF, reen 12/21/63, pr CPL 6/1/62, wdd, Savage's Station, 6/29/62, pr SGT 11/1/62, comn 1LT, 6/26/64 (7/10/64), pr CPT, Co. A, 10/18/64 (11/4/64), wdd, Winchester, 9/19/64, Bvt MAJ 4/2/65, for gallantry at Petersburg, m/o 7/11/65

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Birth: 08/19/1839, Waterford, VT
Death: 01/19/1908

Burial: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 119718114


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Italo Collection, Guber Collection off-site
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: The only inscription on the stone is for their son, Albert.


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Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT

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The Caledonian, August 2, 1861

We are permitted to copy the following letter from a member of Company G, 3d Regiment


As I have some spare time before leaving Baltimore, I will improve it by writing a few lines home. I am very tired having had but little rest since we left St. Johnsbury. You have no idea what a reception we met with on our way. All along the route until after we were out of Pennsylvania, and in many places since the people were not only out at all the stations in large numbers but at every house we passed they were out cheering.


Successful Vermonters, Jeffrey, 1904

We stopped at Bellows Falls and had refreshments served out to us, and also at Brattleboro. God Bless the Brattleboro people. They will ever be remembered by the men of the Vermont 3d Regiment. They not only gave us all we could possibly eat there but filled our haversacks, and with a "Good-bye --- God Bless you, and bring you safely home." we left. Such demonstration can but be remembered.

We stopped at Springfield, Mass., and had more refreshments and words of good cheer. Arrived at Hartford, Conn. At 8 P.M.; stopped but a few minutes, and then proceeded to new haven. Took the boat (Elm City), at New Haven at 11 P.M., but did not get started 'till 2 o'clock the next morning --- Slept but very little as everything was all bustle and confusion. We arrived at Jersey City at 6 A.M. and left at 4 P.M., arriving at Philadelphia at 10 P.M., and there we were the guests of the Union people of the city. We were met and escorted to a large tent, on which was printed in large letters "Hot Coffee and REFRESHMENTS free for the UNION VOLUNTEERS. Can never forget them.

Will tell you more in my next. I cannot give particulars in this as I have no time--- We left Philadelphia about 2 the next morning bound for Baltimore, where we arrived about noon. Met four or five regiments going home. It is now 8 P.M., and we leave soon for Washington, our immediate destination.

Yours & c,

Submitted by Deanna French.


Maj. George W. Bonett, who died Sunday at his home in St. Johnsbury, was born in the neighboring town of Waterford and had a brilliant army record. He enlisted in the Third Vermont and was brevetted major near its close for gallantry in the assault on Petersburg. He was at that time on Gen. L.A. Grant's staff. Since the war he had been engaged as an iron moulder, being for thirty years an employee at the scale factory.

Source: St. Albans Daily Messenger, January 22, 1908

Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.



After a week's illness with pneumonia George W. Bonett died Sunday evening. He worked Monday and was not sick enough to call a doctor until Wednesday. Mr. Bonett was born in Waterford August 19, 1839 to Luther and Fanny (Carr) Bonett. He came to St. Johnsbury when he was 18 years old and learned the iron moulders trade of Luke Buzzell.

June 1861, he enlisted in Co. C., 3rd Vermont Regiment, and had an enviable war record. He came from a family of soldiers, his father (Luther) enlisting at 50, and two brothers being members of the northern army. The natural aptitude for military affairs made his promotion rapid, and in 1865 was breveted major for the gallant action at Petersburg. After the war he declined a captaincy in the regular army. He reenlisted in 1863. He was in the battles of Lewisville, Warwick Creek, Fair Oaks, Goldings Farm, Savage Station, White Oak Swamp, Charles City Cross Roads, Malvern Hill, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, Frankstone, Fredericksburg, Rappahannock Station, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Pamunkey, Hanover Courthouse, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, Washington, Winchester, Fisher's Hill, New Market, Cedar Creek, and Sailors Creek. In June, 1862 he was wounded at Savage Station, and in September, 1864, at Winchester. In the action before Petersburg, April 2, 1865, Major Bonett then in Gen. L. A. Grant's staff, with two orderlies, took a whole company of Confederate prisoners of war.

Since the war Mr. Bonett has lived here and has followed his trade of iron moulder most to the time for 30 years, with E. &. T. Fairbanks Co. He was in business for himself in the old Paddock foundry at Paddock village from 1877 to 1884, and was in the grocery business for several years. Mr. Bonett was particularly fond of horses, and at one time owned some valuable trotters.

Probably more people remember his as Chief Marshal at Caledonia County Fair than in any other connection. He was at one time Chief of Police for St. Johnsbury, and was known as a faithful and efficient officer.

When a Grand Army Post was organized here, Major Bonett was the first commander. He was an upright citizen, with many sterling qualities had won him the esteem of his fellow citizens.

On September, 1865 he married Nancy J. Morris, of St. Johnsbury. They had one daughter, Emma, Mrs. Charles Montgomery, who with two children lives at home. He leaves seven brothers; John of Cumberland, Wisc. ; D. C. of Lower Waterford: James K. of Concord;Charles and Frank of St. Johnsbury;Andrew of Barre, and one sister, Mrs. Jane Morris of St. Johnsbury.

The funeral will be held at the house at 1 p. m. today, Rev. S. G. Barnes and Rev. E. T. Fairbanks will officiate.

Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, January 22, 1908

Courtesy of Deanna French.

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