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Allen, Alexander Gray


Age: 22, credited to Brattleboro, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF, 17th VT INF
Service: enl 8/28/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. B, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63; enl 9/30/63, m/i 3/3/64, CPL, Co. F, 17th VT INF, wdd, Spotsylvania, 5/12/64, wdd, 7/28/64, pow, Poplar Spring Church, 9/30/64, prld 3/10/65, m/o 7/14/65

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Birth: 01/14/1839, Pensacola, FL
Death: 09/13/1912

Burial: West Brattleboro Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT
Marker/Plot: 22
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 3/24/1882, VT; widow Mary A., 9/25/1912, VT
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: None


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West Brattleboro Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT

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Was Respected Resident and Market Gardener – Suffered Privations as Prisoner in Civil Wardsboro

Alexander Gray Allen, 72, for many years a respected resident of this town and a veteran of the Civil war, died in his home on Vernon street Tuesday evening about 9:20 of valvular heart trouble and complications. He had been in ill health more than a year and last January went to the Memorial hospital, where he remained about two weeks. He had been able to be about and was out in the yard last Thursday. He had a large circle of friends in this locality and was keenly interested in public affairs. He was deeply attached to his home and to home life. The funeral will be held this afternoon at two o’clock in the home. Rev. Thomas W. Owens, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which Mr. Allen was a member, will officiate and the burial will take place in the West Brattleboro cemetery.

Mr. Allen was born Jan. 4, 1840, in Pensacola, Fla., and was a son of Alexander Gray Allen of Boston and Cordelia (Brooks) Allen of Brattleboro. After the death of his father, his mother took him and his only brother, Henry J. Allen, who is a resident of this town, and came to Brattleboro and brought up her boys in her father’s home. Mr. Allen attended the Brattleboro schools and when the Civil war broke out he enlisted in Company B, 16th Vermont regiment, for nine months’ service and was mustered out in August, 1862. He re-enlisted in the 17th Vermont regiment and participated in the battles of Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor and others. He was taken prisoner of the left of Petersburg Sept. 30, 1864, and sent to Salisbury, S. C. Where there were thousands of other prisoners who were suffering from deprivations and tortures.

Mr. Allen lay in a hole in the ground for six months and was nearly starved with his comrades. He was released in the spring of 1865 and had a furlough of one month and was then sent to the hospital in this town, where he remained under treatment for some time before he was sent back to Alexandria to his regiment, where he was mustered out at the close of the war. In October, 1865, he sailed for Galveston, Tex., where he carried the United States mail under contract for 10 years. He then returned to Brattleboro and for six years he serves as night police. After retiring from that service he engaged in market gardening.

He married Mrs. Mary Nichols Chamberlin, widow of Emory Chamberlin, April 21, 1886. They were married by Rev. C. H. Merrill, pastor of the Congregational church in West Brattleboro, and they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary April 21, 1911.

Source: Vermont Phoenix, September 6, 1912.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.